Black Dawn Reviews
1. He's ex-CIA/Navy-Seal (flash-backs at start of movie)
2. GF killed by bad guys (lots of flash-backs)
3. The government needs his extra 100 pounds to knock out the bad guys
4. Logic of the story reinforced by lots of close combat, despite ample heavy weapons floating around.
5. Look out for a few katanas, meditation & Buddhist stuff.
6. Bad guy always killed in the last 5 minutes in hand-to-hand combat.
This Film Features A Mediocre Plot, With A Somewhat Decent Script, That's Slightly Bad, And Enough Action And OK Performances That This Fits In Nicely With Most Of Seagal's Films. A Nice Sequel To The Foreigner, That Even Though Without Seagal In The Action Driven Scenes Works As An Average Straight-To-DVD Film.
Will Seagel ever stop doing these flops ?
Just about done with Seagal vehicles.
"Black Dawn" is one of the worst of his newer efforts, a ridiculous and boring thriller with grandiose ambitions on a miniscule budget. Seagal does better with smaller scale projects, and this lofty premise bout terrorists trying to blow up Los Angeles, is just too much for him to pull off. There are too many characters, so much so that their motivations and goals begin to get cloudy and confused. There's a lot going on and none of it is worth following.
Seagal continues to embarrass himself by the obvious use of a stunt double who looks nothing like him in most scenes. The one brief fight scene he has looks like it was filmed while he was in the other room eating a bagel. The horrible CGI used in the finale is appallingly bad when the nuclear device is detonated over the ocean, but the strange thing is that computer effects are used in key scenes to presumably keep the budget down and the aging star safe. Look at the scene on the back of a truck or the helicopter at the end, and it's all phony.
"Black Dawn" is budget filmmaking at its worse, an attempt to create a product because there might be demand for it overseas. It's slow-moving, cheap-looking and will entertain absolutely no one. If you've stuck with Seagal for this long, you deserve better.
(2005) Black Dawn
Super low budget rental film has Akido maestro Steven Seaga as an ex-CIA agent Jonathan Coles going undercover to infiltrate a terrorist bombing, but along the path are some double crosings and dealings!
Labelled as an action picure but is very uninspiring either because the music score is very bad or that the action sequences were never very good to look at! And they're some action films that are rated very negitively among movie critcs which I like very much, such as "Exit Wounds" and Half Past Dead" to name a few because they consist some stuff I had never saw before in a film or because the budget reflects it's action payoff! This one is a straight up dud!
2 out of 4