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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful:

Seagal and LeBrock look great together..

Author: Righty-Sock ( from Mexico
3 January 2004

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Seagal plays Mason Storm, a Los Angeles homicide detective who is seen on the dock, one night, with a video camera and a tape recorder, spying on mystery guys who were plotting to turn a political figure into a memory...

Once he gets the evidence, Storm shares the information with a buddy, unaware that two crooked cops, in the next room, are listening in to their phone conversation...

Later that night, an assassination squad turns their automatic weapons against Storm and his family... They murder his wife, fail to kill his young kid, but apparently left him seriously wounded...

After Storm is taken to the hospital, he sank into a deep coma... His death was faked and his true identity was hidden away by a friend..

Seven years later, Seagal suddenly comes out of his coma, and begins to remember events that happened while he was conscious...

When he regains his full consciousness, he asks his beautiful nurse, Kelly LeBrock, to get him immediately out of the hospital...

In a house-sitting far back from the city, Storm prepares his health and wellness with Oriental healing traditions, stimulating the flow of energy within his body, by inserting fine needles into specific points on his skin...

Once achieving his skills of vitality, he set out to avenge his wife's murder by tracking down the crooked cops, and of course the ambitious, cynical politician, who was behind the grand scheme of things...

"Hard to Kill" is full of flying bullets and breaking-glass, with super-graphic fights and shootouts... Our great hero proves once again to have a threatening penchant for breaking bad men's arms, legs, wrists and backs...

Seagal and LeBrock look great together.. Their palpable chemistry is well translated on the screen... The gorgeous model eventually married the wonderful man, and they would have three children... However, in 1996 the two divorced and LeBrock began appearing a bit more, taking part in the feature film 'Wrongfully Accused' (1998), opposite Leslie Nielsen and Richard Crenna...

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28 out of 39 people found the following review useful:

No-Brainer But Satisfying

Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
7 January 2006

Looking for a no-brainer that is fun to watch, the standard-but-effective revenge film? Well, this is it.

As usual, everything is played to the hilt, meaning the bad guys couldn't be much worse. They not only kill hero Steven Seagal's wife and kid but are crude and use profanity in every sentence. They are the low-life scums in every sense of the word. The only problem is one of them is a U.S. Senator and nobody - nobody - this crude would ever be in high-class position like that....only in Hollywood where, since the '60s, authority figures are almost always shown to be the enemy.

Segal's real-life wife, Kelly LeBrock, plays a nurse in here, nursing her Buddhist he-man back to health after the thugs had left him for dead in the aforementioned family killing. The rest is simply Segal's road to recovery and for revenge against those punks...but it's an interesting road, enough to fill the bill if you're in a revenge-seeking mood

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Steven Seagal is hard to kill

Author: action-6 from Froland, Norway
19 December 1999

Once again, Steven Seagal plays a cop, and this could have been the sequel to Above The Law(his first film). Steven Seagal is Mason Storm, and is gunned down with his family in 1984, after having taped a famous person discussing murder. However, Mason doesn`t die that easily, and he wakes up from his coma 6 years later. He escapes from the hospital, falls in love with his nurse, and begins hunting down the people who killed his family. The storyline in this movie is pretty basic Seagal-stuff: brotherhood, revenge etc. Overall a very entertaining movie, and the fight scenes are well fought by martial-art master Steven Seagal. 8/10

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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful:

In 1990, Steven Seagal is gonna kill Bill... Sadler

Author: AwesomeWolf from Australia
17 April 2005

Wow. The Seagal movies just keep on coming. Right after I commented on 'Out For Justice', I caught the horrible 'Out for a Kill' on pay TV, and then 'Hard to Kill' came on after that on free-to-air. With any luck, the most awesome of all Seagal's movies - 'Under Siege' - will be on sometime soon, but for now, 'Hard to Kill' was rather awesome.

Seagal plays Mason Storm, a cop investigating links between some mobsters, crooked cops, and crooked politician, and suddenly everything turns into a 'Kill Bill' prototype: The bad guys kill Storm's family, and leave him for dead. After waking up from a seven-year coma, Storm sets out for vengeance.

'Hard to Kill' is an entertaining action movie. The amount of limb-snapping may be lower than usual for a Seagal movie, but the fight scenes are good. An added bonus is the fact that 'Hard to Kill' features some of Seagal's best lines and moments ("I'm gonna take you to the bank, Senator Trent. To the blood bank!"). The hide and seek scene has got to be the best scene Seagal has ever filmed.

'Hard to Kill' rates as one of my favourite Seagal movies, and certainly much better than anything he's done lately. Seagal fans should get a kick out of this - 7/10

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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

It's mildly entertaining, but one of Seagal's best. (* * * out of * * * *)

Author: Frank Rizzo from United States
16 October 2005

A thought came up to me as I was watching Hard to Kill (1990). After I watched the film, I was reminded of the Kill Bill movies, and I wondered if Hard to Kill's plot inspired Quentin Tarantino to make the series. It looks so. Both Hard to Kill, and the two Kill Bill movies are all revenge pictures, but with two very different characters. Both characters are shot dead and put into a coma, and both wake up several years later to exact revenge on their enemies. And while I prefer the bloody entertaining Kill Bill movies more, I will say that Hard to Kill is a mildly entertaining action flick.

The film stars Steven Seagal, who plays L.A. cop Mason Storm, who videotapes a mobster being contracted by thugs to kill someone. Storm can't get a clear image of the man who has hired the mobster, but recognizes the voice. But then Storm is caught, and a hit is put on him. More thugs are sent to his home, where they kill him and his wife and kid.

But there's a catch. Storm isn't quite dead, but in a coma, and after seven years, he wakes up in a hospital, where the thugs arrive to finish him off. How they manage to find out that he's alive and well is unknown to me. Storm manages to save himself and a cute nurse, Andy Stewart (Kelly LeBrock), and they decide to take shelter in Andy's cottage, where Storm heals himself by inserting fine needles into his skin, and practices his Aikido.

He soon realizes that a corrupt senator (William Sadler) put the hit on him, and he decides to take him down, along with a crooked cop (Andrew Bloch) who's involved in the scheme.

Seagal is effective here as the cop-turned-crusader, but his character is less convincing, than his Nico Toscani in his earlier feature film, Above the Law (1988). Perhaps, the best fight sequence happens at a liquor store robbery where Seagal takes on four thugs.

There are some strong performances, from the supporting actors. But Kelly LeBrock, who gets second billing, needed more in her role as the nurse, but it is quite obvious that she was placed into the film, because she was Seagal's wife at the time. We don't get to know much about her character, and we almost feel like she has a thankless role here.

William Sadler is hateful in his role as the corrupt senator and Frederick Coffin is convincing as Seagal's ex-partner who holds something dear to Seagal. Something I feel I should not reveal.

Hard to Kill is not up to par with the earlier Above the Law, or Under Siege (1992). Seagal's first two films were good efforts, but then he shifted down to less enjoyable roles in movies, that considered placing large amounts of graphic violence and martial arts combat into his movies, in order for them to become a big hits, like his later film, Marked for Death (1990).

Hard to Kill works as an entertainment (the martial arts sequences are convincing), in spite of its preposterous plotting (hero wakes up in a coma and defeats the bad guys). It's mildly entertaining, but compared to some of his worst efforts, it's one of Seagal's best.

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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

One of the greatest action movies ever filmed

Author: PeteWade from Nashville, TN
2 June 1999

Okay, so Die Hard is arguably the best action movie ever filmed. But Hard to Kill is arguably the second best action movie ever filmed. Steven Seagal's character went through so much anguish, seemingly losing everything he had. And then he beats the holy crap out of his enemies and nails the scum bag politician who was responsible for the whole thing. Nothing like sweet, sweet revenge. Seagal can be cheesy in other movies, but he kicked major butt in "Hard to Kill". You couldn't help but stand up and cheer.

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

The best lines in the movie.

Author: Dr. Bunnersworth (The Lean Viewer) from Leeds
4 June 2002

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Let's not muck about - this film is completely ridiculous. And steven is the greatest man in the world of ridicukous. Here then, are the best lines in this hilarious film. CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS! Note that everything that comes out of Steven's mouth is hysterical in any case. For a start his name is Mason Storm. That just about beats Gino Felino and Nico Toscani.

Scene - some essais randomly attack a convienience store. The owner jumps out from behind the counter with a baseball bat and says 'I got half a mind to-' The lead essai blows him away, and replies, 'Now you only got half a mind!' Imagine the emphasis starting at the beginning and dwindling neatly away to nothing.

Scene - Steven uses his mystic Chinese healing powers to bring him back to full strength after 7 years in a coma. He punches a training post so hard it flies out of the ground. Kelly leBrock says, 'May-son schtorm'. Exactly like that.

Scene - Steven throws a grenade he has just mysteriously found in his pocket. There's no line, but his face is a picture.

Scene - Steven is tracking down the baddies in the governor's mansion. The corrupt cop, nervous at Steven's intrusion, finds Steven has written 'ANTICIPATION OF DEATH IS WORSE THAN DEATH ITSELF' on the wall in massive letters somehow. The bent copper lifts up the toilet seat in the bathroom to find Steven has written 'YOU'RE NEXT' on the underside of the toilet seat. Oh really, has he. Steven then shouts out, 'HOWDOESITFEELTOKNOWYOURABOUTTODIE?!' How could he possibly think that was an acceptable way to speak in a movie?

The best scene in the movie - Steven is tracking the final villain in his bedroom. He's calling out 'Vernon?' 'Where are you Vernon?' 'Oh, you're so god at this Vernon' at random intervals. He then says, 'Maybe you're behind this painting'.

For a start, there is no painting on screen. Secondly, how could he possibly be hiding behind a painting? You really have to hear this line to appreciate just how funny it is.

And finally, of course, when Steve-o stabs his wife's killer in the neck with a piece of snooker cue, it sounds like this: Baddie: 'Nice moves'. URRRR! AAAGGH! ARRR! Urrrr. Steven: That's for my wife, F*** you and die!

This movie utterly rules.

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Steven Seagal truly is "hard to kill"

Author: dee.reid from United States
21 May 2006

Steven Seagal, whether you love him or loathe him, he's the martial arts action hero that just won't go away. That's partially the premise of "Hard to Kill," the 1990 vehicle obviously meant to throw the pony-tailed, then-sixth-degree Aikido black belt into the action foray with Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Norris, but missed a few steps along the way and it would be another two years after when Seagal would find success in 1992's "Under Siege."

It's true that Seagal has yet to make a perfect film in his thoroughly uneven and distinguished career, but "Hard to Kill" certainly ranks as one of his best and one of my personal favorite pictures of the actor. Two years after breaking and busting the heads of corrupt CIA agents as Nico Toscani in his electrifying 1988 debut "Above the Law," Seagal returns not as the pony-tailed Toscani but as Mason Storm, the most unstoppable cop SOB that ever lived.

After getting home movie footage of an aspiring political candidate (Bill Sadler) conspiring with shadowy underworld types on tape, Storm is tracked down by corrupt cops and nameless and faceless goons and they shotgun the unstoppable SOB into a seven-year coma while also wiping out his wife and young son. O'Malley (Frederick Coffin), Storm's dedicated Internal Affairs friend, whisks him away into a coma-care unit under the assumed name of "John Doe."

Seven years later, Storm awakens and with the help of gorgeous nurse Andy Stewart (Seagal's then real-life, lovestruck wife Kelly Le Brock, who manages to catch peaks at our hero's anatomy), he trains intensely to regain his strength using the Oriental healing arts, renews his Aikido skills, and sharpens his eyes with that good ol' police-issue. All this culminating in some very nasty, neck-breaking, arm-twisting action.

As somewhat mis-directed by Bruce Malmuth and written by Steven McKay, "Hard to Kill" is undoubtedly one of the actor's most competently skilled performances because he's able to rise above the average material and make it his own. The problem may be with Seagal though. He snaps a few wrists and what's this? - he throws out one-liners - most of which are quite corny and fall flat on their face and simply put aren't Seagal's strong points. His strengths are in the arm-snapping and finger-breaking.

But still, Seagal's fists of fury are at their best (because that's what he does best) because this time around, he's mad and it's wise to not get characters played by Steven Seagal mad. Pretty soon after Storm has regained his skills and strength, the corrupt cops and goons that put him into his coma come back to finish the job. And this time, he's ready.

The action begins to pick up about half-way through and from there on in it's non-stop, which is true Seagal fashion, if you get my drift. But with "Hard to Kill," it's the seven-year Storm, and there's no letting up.


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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

A Steven Seagal Film That Actually Works.

Author: tfrizzell from United States
3 July 2002

"Hard to Kill" is bar-none the best Steven Seagal film by a cosmic mile. That is not saying that this is a masterpiece, but it works pretty well due to some really evil bad guys (led by William Sadler) and the fact that Seagal's character is legitimately out for revenge. Seagal is a cop who has just learned that Sadler, an ambitious lawyer with political aspirations, is involved with shady cops and high-class crime syndicates. This information will lead to an attempt on Seagal's life which will kill his wife, cause their young son to just barely escape death and cause Seagal to go into a coma himself. Of course he awakes some eight years later and his only motivation is to bring all those involved to justice. Works well due to Seagal's performance more than anything else. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Bone breaking good times

Author: danny dominguez from Oceanside, Ca
5 January 2006

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Wow, this movie is awesome. Seagal slowly twists some guys ankle around until it snaps, while yelling yeeeeeawww. I really like it when he breaks peoples arms. If you pay attention he is just bending their arm in the direction an arm normally bends, but you hear a loud snapping sound and the guy yells out in pain. I was surprised at how violent he was in his older movies. He chokes some guy to death in front of his kid, I was like "Way to go Seagal". This movie also had a great story line. I'm pretty sure the Kill Bill story line was borrowed from this movie. Lots of gun shooting and bone snapping martial arts. I could watch this movie over and over again. Seagal is "hard to kill". These dudes try to kill him and his family, but they only succeed in killing his wife. That makes him very angry and he goes out for revenge. Watch this movie.

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