In Hell

2003

In Hell

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When Kyle LeBlanc (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is prosecuted for killing the man who murdered his wife, he is sent to the most notoriously violent prison in Eastern Europe, where brutality is an understatement. Guards force the prisoners into death matches for their own personal profit, and the already violent inmates are provoked until they're barely recognizable as human beings. Though Kyle initially holds nothing but contempt for his fellow cell mates, it isn't long before their rage takes root in his own mind. When it's his turn to fight, channeling that rage may be the only chance he has at survival.

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Critic Reviews for In Hell

All Critics (4) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (3)

  • If you're a sucker for prison movies like I am, you might just enjoy this surprisingly decent direct-to-DVD Van Damme title.

    October 15, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • As long as movies are not required to play theatrically before hitting the DVD shelves, we'll have plenty of new Van Damme flicks to make fun of.

    July 1, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • ...another bloody, run-of-the-mill action yawner.

    December 2, 2003 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • A slipshod, boring, foreign production... There's little story, some woeful dialogue, and not even the production values are deserving of praise

    September 23, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for In Hell

  • Mar 25, 2020
    In Hell passed the time and as Van Damme vehicles go, it wasn't horrible. The biggest issue I had was that Ringo Lam didn't deliver on his usual style, and it felt like any direct to video filmmaker could've handled this. I tend to view films like this as missed opportunities by the filmmaker and In Hell is no exception to that rule. The has a clunky beginning and that was hard to overcome. Van Damme's soul reason for being in jail was laughably bad, and it struggled early on. This is one of those films where the action star isn't a big fighter, and that was an odd decision, considering Van Damme's fans are only here for that reason. The overall story was quite good, once it go to the prison and it actually turned into something unexpected. The film won't break the bank, but it was painless to watch. Ringo Lam deserves better action films. 24/03/2020
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
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  • Oct 08, 2011
    An intense, compelling, savage and brutal thriller. A hard-core mixture of hard-hitting action and harsh character drama that hits the core. Jean-Claude Van Damme is strong, confident and very compelling. A shocker of a thrill-ride that has more substance than expected. A heart-pounding and action-packed film. One of Van Damme`s best roles and one of his best films ever.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    "Don't let them do you into something you're not..." Van Damme. He is such a great actor... I long for the times, basically the 90's, when we the viewers were given such "classics" as 'Kickboxer', 'Bloodsport', 'Cyborg' and 'Universal Soldier'. Since those movies, all we've got is crap after crap. 'In Hell' is no exception... Damme plays a good guy who gets his wife murdered. He does the obvious thing any man would do and kills the guy. Gets sentenced in prison were he loses himself... Only to be found again. During the film. Damme looked like a "normal" guy, then when he was really down, he looked like a drunken Jesus and when he was a crazy son of a bitch, he looked like an Italian gigolo.. Sounds funny and was funny. 'In Hell' was, yet again, another failure by Damme. The film has no interesting story to be told, bad acting and action scenes that aren't anything special. I didn't know what to think about the characters. There was this one guy who was a crazy killer who was a bit too philosophical. Nothing but a comedic figure... Nothing special here. For those who still like to remember Damme as an action star from the 90's, stick to the films I mentioned in the beginning. Although, I'd like to see 'JCVD' which is out now. Here he tried to act... once again, but in 'JCVD', I heard that he is just himself.
    Jani H Super Reviewer

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