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When F.B.I. Agent Zack Grant's partner is killed during a blown-up operation, he attempts to find the person responsible. Mafiaso Frank Serlano believes Zack is responsible for his only ... See full summary »

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Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Yuji Kobayashi
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Frank Serlano
Kyûsaku Shimada ...
Tetsuro
Kristopher Logan ...
Mr. Contingency, Serlano Henchman
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Eric Grant
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Victor Serlano
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Goatee
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FBI Agent Carl Dundreff
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FBI Agent Numeyer
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FBI Agent in Charge Emily Fukes
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CHP Officer
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FBI Agent Gim Takakura
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When F.B.I. Agent Zack Grant's partner is killed during a blown-up operation, he attempts to find the person responsible. Mafiaso Frank Serlano believes Zack is responsible for his only sons death in the same operation and kidnaps Zacks son to hold as bait. The action gets wild when airline stewardess Mary is taken hostage to add what seems an another insurmountable problem for Zack. There appears to be No Way Out. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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The film features veteran actors Etsushi Toyokawa and Kyusaku Shimada together for the first time. They are the only two Japanese actors to have portrayed the popular literary villain Yasunori Kato in film. Shimada pioneered the role in Akio Jissoji's TOKYO: THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS (1988) and Toyokawa assumed it in Takaashi Miike's THE GREAT YOKAI WAR (2005). See more »

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In the scene with the grenade, the bad guy initially picks up and holds a comparatively newer M26/M61 model grenade. In remaining shots of the same sequence, it suddenly becomes a WWII vintage MK2 "pineapple". (Spoiler here) Also, as Saiko is falling, palms open, her hands are clearly empty. Once she's lying down, she opens her hand and lets go of the grenade. See more »

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Mary: How can you kill three people you don't even know just because some guy tells you to?
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Written by Anzu Lawson
Performed by Anzu Lawson
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If only the producers had a way back.
23 May 2003 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

No Way Back

Rated: R Runtime: 92mins Release Date: 1995

Botching a huge bust has just dealt Special Agent Zack Grant a hand he wasn't expecting. His department considers him a disgrace. The Mafia have his son hostage, and now to clear his name and save his son, he has to get involved with the Japanese Yakuza, and bring back one of their top men. In too deep and way over his head, Zack Grant is in a spot he can't get out of, and now there's No Way Back.

No Way Back stars Russell Crowe as Zack Grant, a special agent who is called upon to lead a federal unit to bring down the son of a huge mob boss, Frank Sariano (played by Michael Lerner). But after making a bad judgment call, and sending in a rookie agent who goes haywire, Zack lands himself in some hot water with his department. Yet, after figuring out that the agent he sent in was actually working with the Yakuza, and using a little detective work, Zack finds a way to clear his name. However, to do so won't be easy. Zack must journey to Japan and go undercover to bring back one of Yakuza's big bosses, Yuji (Japanese actor Etsushi Toyokawa). Bringing Yuji back to justice won't be easy because, not only will Zack have to deal with the Yakuza gunmen, Sariano has taken Grant's son, and is offering a trade for the life of Yuji, whom he believes to be the man responsible in his son's murder. Making the choice for Zack won't be easy but along for the ride is a flighty stewardess (Helen Slater in the worst form of her career), who may be able to inspire Zack in to making the right choice. What ensues is an action road comedy, with a three-way twist when Zack is put in the middle of a three way "war", with no side to call his own.

Here is a movie that could have actually been something really good, but just happens to fall short. The acting isn't the main problem, with Crowe turning in his usual good performance, and Toyokawa helping out with a good show. Then, however, we get to Slater's ridiculous Stewardess character, Jenny. Even though it's not really her fault she puts in a bad performance. Her character in this movie is just so down right ridiculous and typical that even a quality actress like Ellen Barkin couldn't pull it off. Yet I will blame her for taking such a ludicrous role in the first place. But maybe she just wanted to hurt her career. Writer/director Frank Capello does boast a very ambitious beginning by throwing in a heavy portion of action and gunplay and that was also the film's downfall, as it looks like the producers ran out of money by the halfway point.

I could easily pick out other members of the crew, like the stunt coordinator who didn't have much of a job to do after the beginning, but still botched up his job, or the set design crew who couldn't have possibly made the movies surroundings any blander, but today I'm feeling particularly nice so I won't mention those people. After doing this easily forgotten actioner, Russell Crowe must really be happy about the turn his career has taken. However, like Helen Slater's career, if you rented this flick from the video store, you just lost money and there is absolutely, No Way Back.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 10


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