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Seagal is now too bulky to make a convincing action hero, and Half Past Dead is too silly and incoherent to deliver any visceral kicks. Read critic reviews

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Criminal mastermind Donny/49er One (Morris Chestnut) has set in motion a plan to infiltrate a high-tech prison in order to persuade a death row inmate to reveal the whereabouts of $200 million worth of gold. Undercover FBI agent Sascha (Steven Seagal) must stop him before it's too late.

Cast & Crew

Steven Seagal
Sascha Petrosevitch
Morris Chestnut
Donny Johnson, 49er One
Ja Rule
Nick Frazier
Kurupt
Twitch
Linda Thorson
Judge Jane McPherson
Mo'Nique
Twitch's Girl
Christopher Eberts
Executive Producer
Uwe Schott
Executive Producer
Randall Emmett
Executive Producer
George Furla
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Michael Slovis
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Tyler Bates
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Michael Lloyd
Music Supervisor
Albrecht Konrad
Production Designer
Barbara Jäger
Costume Designer
Markus Bensch
Production Manager
Andrew Stevens
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Thorne Mutert
Unit Manager
Alison Semenza
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Critic Reviews for Half Past Dead

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  • Aug 24, 2012
    Now I had no intention of going into this since there's plenty of other movies on my list that actually deserve my time, but I still saw this. This is one of Steven Seagal better movies believe it or not, which is not saying much. Half Past Dead is about Steven Seagal as an undercover agent on a island trying to save a senator on New Alcatraz, and that's the whole movie right there. I went into this with low expectations, we're talking about really low here, around the same expectations I would have if I were to watch a horror movie about killer rabbits and it still failed. The movie biggest problem is that there's no plot, no characterization, nothing interesting ever happens, and nearly everything about the plot is pointless. Wait a minute, we are a on island, taken over by bad people holding hostages, and we got the FBI trying to stop them, Michael Bay's The Rock? Are you kidding me, you borrowed from a good action movie and somehow not improve on the idea. So instead of the very cool Sean Connery killing people and cracking jokes, we get the very slow moving Steven Seagal without the fun. And instead of having Nicolas Cage being an important asset to the mission, we're stuck with Ja Rule who character was completely pointless and added a new level hilarity in the dramatic scenes. I would keep going about the plot, except that I already told you everything important that happened in the first sentence and everything is not important. The acting is bad, this is a Seagal movie we're talking about. There's a reason why Jean Claude Van Damme has a bigger fanbase than Seagal, sure he's a bad actor, but the enjoyable kind of bad actor who gives ridiculous facial expression and can give a good dramatic performance. Whereas Steven Seagal is simply a bad actor, it's not fun watching him and please don't ever have Seagal do drama and saying slang words ever again. Now for the first time possibly recorded in any movie, Steven Seagal actually gets hit, but his fight scenes are still pretty awful. The only thing worst than Seagal dramatic acting are the other actors. They almost make Seagal watchable, which you know takes consorted effort if you're making Seagal almost look good. Th rap music is completely unnecessary for a action movie, and also if the bad guys jumped from a plane at daytime, why did they barely reached land in night time. Makes no sense, just like how Steven Seagal keeps making movies. Now I were to replace Steven Seagal and put someone more entertaining, like say, Pee Wee Herman you would have better movie and better dramatic acting. Think about it, would you rather see Steven Seagal's Half Past Dead or Pee Wee Herman's Half Past Dead, exactly. Half Past Dead is a bad movie with no plot and not even watchable with your brain off. Simply go see Michael's Bay The Rock which does this plot better and avoid this Seagal film.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2011
    " Half Past Dead " Actually I enjoyed this movie.really had a blast. It may be full of plot holes and illogical moments,but i never really thought about it. It was fast paced and fun.lots of action,a few fight scenes that were adequate,not great but not horrible.lots of gun battles.there were some funny moment,some of which might have been unintentional,but some were intentional.I don't think this was trying too hard to be a serious movie.sometimes you just need to shut off your brain for awhile and allow yourself to be entertained.But you have to been in the mood. If you're not,you won't enjoy it
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2011
    Half Past Dead has Steven Segal as an undercover agent masquerading as a bad-ass criminal type in Alcatraz when it just so happens that a genuine gang of semi-pathological villains break in, to free the guy on Death Row (Rap stars Ja Rule) who holds the key to the whereabouts of £200million dollars in gold bars. Apart from our hero looking woefully out of shape, the prison they are in is one of those odd slammers where convicts can actually get in fist fights with guards and suffer no repercussions.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2009
    The only semi decent Seagal film I've seen.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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