After scoring big in my book with the awesome 'Pistol Whipped,' Seagal returns to disappoint yet again with this steaming pile of dog turd. On the surface, Kill Switch had a lot of promise: Seagal penned the story himself, the acting and basic action scenes aren't half bad... But... The plot is just too convoluted to really work at the end of the day: Seagal tracking not one, but two, serial killers is pretty cool on paper; it just didn't translate too well onto the screen. Sure, Seagal is speaking in ebonics (or is it a Memphis accent?I couldn't tell), but that can't even save this terrible movie. Characters, such as the FBI agent lady, seemed tacked on. And the action... Oh, the action! I heard a rumor that the studio heads decided this movie needed more hand to hand combat, so they edited in scenes of a Seagal double (who is about 100 lbs lighter too), and expected the audience to fall for it by having somebody dub Seagal saying stuff like "Come on" and "Let's do this..." (to be fair, the shorter, more brutal fight scenes where it is clearly Seagal doing the fighting are tops). The camera also cuts to funny, sweaty chubby Seagal grimaces after every Akido patty-cake hand slap. Blah. They were way too long, and this is a movie I think that kind of lent itself to more of an understatement of action (hard, fast, brutal, to-the-point, no bullshit) than flashy junk like this. It could've played out like a classic Bronson film, but Nu Image wanted more chop sockey.
The action scenes made me feel like I was watching 'Game of Death' or something- that movie Golden Harvest pasted together in the late 70s with old Bruce footage and a double in the infamous yellow track suit. I almost half started to wonder if Seagal had choked on a cheeseburger, had a massive coronary and died, and Nu Image wanted to cover it up. The movie is just too convoluted to work- and the ending was a huge insult to intelligence. It doesn't follow the tone of the rest of the film at all. If I wanted to defend Seagal, I'd blame the studio for this. However, I'm inclined to think fat Steve's ego got in the way, and he wanted to show us that *SPOILER* the Seagal can still score some hot Swedish tail despite his ever-expanding waistline. Never mind his wife just got murdered the night previously. I can't say this is as bad as, say, Out of Reach or Flight of Fury, but it is a two star effort for what could have been before the horrible edits and extra "fight" footage. This could've been a good Charles Bronson movie. It gets an extra half star for Seagal's ridiculous ebonics, but that's just me being generous. Another bright spot and brief chuckle is the beginning, where they show the baddie going through a window 12 times- literally. It was awesome.
Rent this at your own peril!