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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The Secret Of His Magic ..

Author: skallisjr from Tampa, FL United States
14 October 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Segal plays John Hatcher, a former DEA agent who decides to go inactive and visit his family. Hatcher crosses some members of a Jamaican Posse, headed by a really nasty leader named Screwface. They mark his dwelling with Voodoo symbols, and Hatcher learns that they are death symbols.

The basic story is simple: Hatcher can know no peace as long as Screwface lives. So, he goes after him, maiming and killing Possee members on the way.

Spoilers: But there are interesting touches. Rival criminals try to have Screwface eliminated by hiring a young lady proficient in Brujeria to slay him, magically. She goes through an interesting rite, and save for something I'll touch upon in a bit, the spell would have succeeded. However, that brings the lady to Screwface's attention, and from that, to her demise.

During his quest, Hatcher visits Jamiaca. He meets a beautiful young lady, a night club performer, who indirectly provides him with the secret that saved Screwface. Hatcher doesn't understand the hint ... then.

(An aside: the "secret" is consonant with the operations of Sympathetic Magic, FWIW. But that level of accuracy is strange in a film like this.) Later, Hatcher and Screwface tangle, and after that, Hatcher learns his secret. But at the physical level of action, it would be of little good to the former DEA man.

The film is violent, but so are most Seagal films. It's okay, but not his best.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Terrific Seagal Film And One Of His More Unique films

Author: callanvass
4 March 2005

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This is a terrific Seagal film That's one of his more unique films. I loved the story, and there is non stop action throughout the movie, plus Basil Wallace, is extremely menacing as the main villain. It's really unique, and Seagal is excellent in this, and is TONS of fun to watch. All the characters were cool, plus it was cool to see Danielle Harris in a small role. It had a cool twist near the end that i didn't see coming, and as i said i really dug Basil Wallace. The Direction is very good. Dwight H. Little, does a very good job here, keeping the film at an excellent pace, he had some neat camera tricks, and overall did a solid job!. There is TONS of blood and violence. We get 2 bloody gunshot wounds to the head,2 bloody slit throats,cut off hand, bloody stabbings, nasty bone breaking, 3 bloody impailings, including one to the balls(ouch), decapitation, severed head, slicing and dicing,gouged out eyes, and TONS of EXTREMELY bloody gunshot wounds. The Acting is great!. Steven Seagal is AWESOME here as usual, he kicks that ass,gives one of his best performances ever, had great chemistry with Keith David, and was very likable! (Seagal Rules!). Basil Wallace, is one of the coolest villains ever!, he had very creepy eyes, was extremely menacing, and gave me the creeps!, he ruled!. Keith David, is excellent here, he was very likable, and had good chemistry with Seagal. Tom Wright, does what he has to do well. Kevin Dunn, is very annoying and here is no different. Bette Ford, is good here, and did well. Dainelle Harris is AWESOME in her small role she rocks!. Overall a must see! for action/and Seagal fans! **** out of 5

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Violent, yet engaging...

Author: Guardia from Brisbane, Australia.
15 December 2004

This Seagal film is really quite good. There is a good balance between the characterisation and how the physical events play-out. There is a "Walking Tall" sort of echo throughout this film, but it is abandoned as the plot develops and the team finds themselves in Kingston, where they begin to organise quite a cold-hearted assault on "Screwface's" compound - (the sniper rifle really whacks 'em hard).

Anyway, this is one of Seagal's best films - and the Jamaican theme and actors themselves add a refreshing spin/colour to the genre that the later film Predator 2 might have drawn upon.

There are a lot of bones being broken in this movie and Seagal has a field day on some of the helpless Jamaican crew. Violent and engaging...

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

god made men.....

Author: lee nicholson ( from middlesbrough, england
15 August 2002

...States STEVEN SEAGAL, just before shooting an unsavoury character named JIMMY FINGERS (the paedophile from THE EXTERMINATOR), the reason being, mr fingers, proclaimed himself to be a 'made man' This was a snappy comeback, from SEAGAL....and this movie is full of snaps (snapped necks, snapped backs, and most notably, in the shopping centre sequence, snapped arm!)...crunch...arrgghhhh!!!

SEAGAL stars as JOHN HATCHER, ex DEA agent, now retired, after renouncing his violent past (i just hope the informants he's claimed to have slept with, were women!) settles back into his old town, but finds that drug dealers are everywere, and after stopping a drug heist, he, and his family are MARKED FOR DEATH (nice link, eh!) As you can imagine, the tall one does not take kindly to such threats (given out by a strange rastafarian villian, called SCREWFACE) which only results in (SEAGAL-like) bloodsged.

STEVEN SEAGAL, ever since ABOVE THE LAW (88) has proved himself, not only to be the baddest man on the planet (except maybe for SONNY CHIBA) but to also have a great deal of personality.I pitty the so-called 'intelectuals' that don't see the cruel streak of humour running through all his movies. The only thing people ever latch onto is the violence, admittedly, SEAGALs aikido, is beautiful to watch. But unlike, KEANU REEVES (quite*t) martial arts in (the dire)MATRIX, SEAGAL is the real deal, and could (even now in his fifties) perform every move, that he does in this ,and other movies.

If JOE PESCI beats a guy to death in a MARTIN SCORCESSE picture, then it's art, but if SEAGAL snaps a guys arm, it's trash, and treated with contempt (eh?)

America (at least) should rejoice in STEVEN SEAGAL, as he is in stature/personality and prescence of the late great JOHN WAYNE, and if that isn't a compliment, then i don't know what is!

Truly beautiful arm-snapping sequence, though.

Big lee has no other option, but to award Big STEVE...10 OUT OF 10


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Many twists and turns

Author: Goku-12 ( from USA
22 September 1999

This movie was one of the better ones Steven Seagal made. It was a little bloody but it kept me on the edge of my seat. There were twists around every corner and I found it to be a very interesting must see for Seagal fans like myself.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Fun Action Film

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
27 April 2010

Marked for Death (1990)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

If you're wanting smart and interesting character development then this here certainly isn't going to be your cup of tea. Steven Seagal plays DEA agent who returns home from a deadly mission that killed his partner so he retires. Things take a turn for the worse when he's visiting his family and a Jamaican drug lord named Screwface (Basil Wallace) puts a hit out on them. Sure enough ol' Seagal takes vengeance. There's no doubt that this is an extremely stupid movie with one stereotype character after another but it's that type of dumb action film that is nearly impossible not to love. Yes, everything here is stupid but the film will at least keep you entertained, which is a lot more than many films do. What works so well is that we're given that DEATH WISH-type story of a good guy who has his family hurt by a bunch of scumbags and we want to see those scumbags crushed. That basic plot can keep just about any movie entertaining and Seagal perfectly fits the bill as this agent. His fighting here is at the top of his game and he also gets a nice supporting cast to work with. Keith David plays his best friend and the two share some good chemistry together. Wallace is a lot of fun as the drug dealer and we also get a young Danielle Harris from the HALLOWEEN movies playing Seagal's niece. The movie might offend some people from Jamaica but I doubt anyone is going to take the film serious enough to believe all people from there are like what we see here. We get silly stereotypes that are at least fun to view and some of the dialogue will have you laughing out loud. The action scenes are pretty well directed and we get plenty of the red stuff in some of the more violent shoot outs.

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No one ever accused me of being sane

Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA
10 July 2006

**SPOILERS** After a blotched up drug bust in Mexico where both his partner Chico, Richard Delmente, was killed and the women member of the Mexican drug gang who killed him was in returned shot to pieces by DEA agent John Hatcher, Steven Seagal, the very dependable and cool as a cucumber drug cop just about had it with his job as a law enforcer. Feeling that he's turning into the very thing that he's been battling all these years a cold-blooded and inhuman monster is just about to call it quits.

Given a two month vacation, with pay, from his job by the DEA in order to get his nerves and head straighten out Hatcher goes back to his hometown in Chicago to take things easy and relax . Hatcher soon runs into an unexpected problem in a nightclub. It's there that he's caught in the middle of a gang rub out where he ended up knocking out and capturing a member of a vicious Jamaican drug posse. Enraged that anyone would dare lay a hand on one of his gang members posse leader Screwface, Basil Wallace, has not only Hatcher but his entire family marked for death.

One of Seagal's lesser efforts not that "Marked for Death" lacks any of the usual trademark gore and violence, in fact it's one of the most violent films that Seagal ever stared in, that's so common in his movies. The story is a bit muddled due to the fact that Screwface and the Jamacian gang members talk is such an unintelligible Jamacian/English dialect. It would have been very wise for the movie to have put in sub-titles or, for the TV audience, closed captions so that you can get to understand just what their saying!

Hatcher, or Seagal, has a bit of trouble here with the Jamacian posse who come across as if their so doped up on pot that their almost immune to both bullets and Hatcher's karate fists and kicks. The posse members end up giving Steven Seagal the hardest time I can remember him having with the bad guys in any of his movies. The posse attempts to murder Hatcher while he's visiting his sister and badly wounds his niece Tracy. Hatcher now throws off and sheds his good guy and new found pacifist persona and goes full out after the posse in a number of wild and bone breaking scenes. One of the most notable in a downtown Chicago department store where he ends up putting almost all of Screwfaces boys not just to sleep but into traction as well.

The posse's last hope to put Hatcher out of business falls apart when he, after being trapped in his car, slips out of the trap they set for him. Before you know it the posse is out packing and on their way back to Jamaica; reduced to putting voodoo and black magic spells on Hatcher as a last and desperate attempt to defeat and kill him. Taking his friend high school football coach and former DEA agent Max, Keith David, as well as visiting Jamacian police captain Charles, Tom Wright, along with him and an arsenal of weapons Hatcher is now going to make sure that Screwface and his posse will never threaten him his family or anyone else again. Hatcher does this by taking the fight, that Screwface started with him in Chicago, back to his home turf.

Very violent and bloody ending with Hatcher not only showing his unmatched fighting and marksman abilities but his fencing skills as well. There's a knocked down and drag out battle with Screwface that last far longer, with the crazed Screwface getting in a few good and solid licks and jabs, then with any of the bad guys that Steven Seagal ever had it out with on the screen.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Favourite Segal Movie!!!

Author: ActionfanSeagal
29 January 2005

Marked For Death is Steven Seagal's 3rd movie that he made. In Marked for death Seagal is up against the Jamicans. Seagal is John Hatcher as a retired D.E.A. Now This movie picks up half way into the movie when the Jamicans To a drive by at his house. Seagal P.O goes off with his friend Max for some revenge looking for any Jamican dealing drugs. Later on they chase some Jamican drug dealers into a store where Seagal kills most of them and breaks one of the Jamicans arms. Later on he confronts Screwface at his Palice. The final fight is a Sword fight. This is a classic Steven Seagal ass-kicking movie and any action fan should see it.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Unimpressive movie from the golden years of Seagal

Author: Maziun from Poland
30 June 2013

GOOD THINGS : I like two songs from this movie , both by Jimmy Cliff : "No justice" and "John Crow" . Cliff even makes appearance in the movie . I was good to see Joanna Pacula in small role of Leslie – expert of foreign cultures . She gives the best performance in the movie. The girl who plays the part of Screwface's ex-girlfriend is hot. It was also good to see Danny Trejo in a small episode. "MFD" has a little more budget than typical Seagal movie , so we get to see a little bit of Mexico and Jamaica. It was also interesting to use Jamaicans as the villains . Maybe the writers were inspired by the "Predator 2" ? "Marked for death " is certainly more watchable and better than all those straight to DVD crap movies Seagal is now making …

BAD THINGS : but it doesn't mean it's a good movie . The characters in this movie are one-dimensional . The story is flat and lacks a heart . The acting is rather poor (with the exception of Pacula ) , especially from the actor who plays the main villain . All the fights and action sequences are rather unimpressive and not too exciting. Despite some decent budget "MFD" feels like a made for TV movie . The twist at the end could be impressive , but the movie hints it to us too early and not in subtle way . The romance between Seagal's character and Leslie seems forced , undeveloped and rather unnecessary. There are some attempts at making the characters more human and the dialogue tries very hard to be funny and cool , but both those efforts are fruitless.

VERDICT : Nothing really worth watching . Still , it's one of Seagal better movies . His fans should be pleased . I give it 3/10.

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First Steven Seagal movie I seen...Well didn't make me a fan of his

Author: KineticSeoul from United States
25 March 2012

This is the first Steven Seagal movie I seen. So I wasn't familiar with his films but from what I know, he usually plays a arrogant and cocky character that goes after the bad guys without hardly ever getting hurt or breaking a sweat. So in another words it sounded like some absurd and ridiculous action movie with bunch of kung-fu thrown in and to some degree that is exactly what this movie is. In this Steven Seagal's character is a retired DEA after on a the line of duty things don't go according to plan. And now he is going after Jamaican drug dealers with dreadlocks and is in some sort of cult with a couple of friends after they mess with his loved ones. Yeah the plot is very very narrow and the villains are comical and not in a good way either. After just few minutes in the movie just seemed to drag, constantly putting excuse to put some action sequences in which this has a lot of. Steven Seagal beats people up while saying catch phrases, some works some just don't. Just about everything about this movie is generic and predictable and almost nothing is all that engaging. The fight sequences with Seagal using judo or aikido was sort of cool though and watchable thus I give this movie a 4.5 even if the acting is atrocious thus I am being generous. I will just say this movie didn't make me a fan of his.


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