Half Past Dead

2002

Half Past Dead

Critics Consensus

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.

3%

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Total Count: 88

38%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 18,462
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Movie Info

Action hero Steven Seagal goes behind bars -- though don't worry, he isn't really a bad guy -- in this action thriller. Sascha Petrosevitch (Seagal) is an FBI agent working undercover to infiltrate a gangland kingpin's operations. While Petrosevitch is able to gain the trust of one of the gangster's lieutenants, Nick Frazier (Ja Rule), things go haywire during an FBI raid, and Petrosevitch takes several slugs in the back as he struggles to maintain his cover. Eight months later, Petrosevitch and Frazier are serving time together in the newly refurbished Alcatraz Penitentiary, as Petrosevitch secretly continues his investigation. Prison warden Hubbard (Stephen J. Cannell) is arranging for the execution of convicted killer and thief Lester (Bruce Weitz), and U.S. Supreme Court justice Jane McPherson (Linda Thorson) has announced she will attend as a witness. But Hubbard's assistant Donny (Morris Chestnut) has devised a secret plan -- it seems Lester stole and stashed away 200 million dollars in gold before he was arrested, and Donny, along with an underground SWAT team, takes control of the prison and takes Hubbard, McPherson, and the other assembled dignitaries hostage, demanding to be told where Lester has hidden his fortune. Now Petrosevitch must drop his cover and persuade his allies within the prison -- including Frazier and Little Joe (Michael "Bear" Taliferro) -- to join him in a desperate bid to foil Donny and free the hostages. Half Past Dead also features Nia Peeples, Kurupt, Tony Plana, and Claudia Christian.

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Cast

Steven Seagal
as Sascha Petrosevitch
Morris Chestnut
as Donny aka 49er One
Ja Rule
as Nick Frazier
Kurupt
as Twitch
Tony Plana
as El Fuego
Nia Peeples
as 49er Six
Matt Battaglia
as 49er Three
Claudia Christian
as E.Z. Williams
Hannes Jaenicke
as Agent Hartmann
Michael McGrady
as Bad Ass Guard
Mo'Nique
as Twitch's Girl
Jed Sutton
as Air 49er
Linda Thorson
as Justice Jane McPherson
Don Michael Paul
as SWAT Captain
Ross King
as FBI Agent
William T. Bowers
as Alcatraz Guard
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Critic Reviews for Half Past Dead

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Audience Reviews for Half Past Dead

  • 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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