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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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Andrew J. Ferchland ...
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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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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While broadcasting information about Yuji Kobayashi over the police radio, the police officer mispronounces his surname as "Ko - ya - bashi." 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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Written by Anzu Lawson
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Solid thriller that is made by a strong Crowe performance
21 February 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

FBI agent Zack Grant sends a female officer (Seiko) in to the apartment of a mafia boss's son posing as a whore in order to drop a bugging device. However when the agent kills the group and then kills herself Grant finds evidence to suggest that she was working for Yakuza lord Yuji. Grant travels to arrest him but on returning to America finds that the mob have kidnapped his son in exchange for Yuji. However with Yuji claiming innocence and the FBI, police, Yakuza and the mob all after him, can Grant make it to the trade?

I watched this film on the strength of Crowe being in the lead – even though I knew that it was made before he `made it' so the quality may not be that great. The plot is a mix of bad guys and good guys all trying to get Grant and Yuji, with Grant just trying to save his son. It isn't a very innovative idea but it is good enough for a video thriller such as this. The set pieces are all reasonably exciting and most are directed with style and energy that belies the standard of the plotting.

While it may not be brilliant it is certainly a lot better than most of the video thrillers you'll find on a lonely Saturday night. A big part of this is due to Crowe being in the lead. Years before Gladiator he'd already had some powerful Australian roles and was a commanding lead actor. Here he rises above the material and makes it better – during the action scenes etc he is faultless, it is only his interactions with women and children where he comes across as wanting. Tokokawa's Yuji is a good character – never morally clear until the end and charming and deadly with it. Slater is a bum note but happily she doesn't spoil things too much. Her bubbly comedy sidekick is irritating and the film could have easily done without this part of the video thriller formula.

Overall I enjoyed this film much more than I suspected I would. Without Crowe this film still has higher values that I thought it would and is polished and entertaining despite a formulaic plot. With Crowe in the lead the film is raised a notch and he is commanding in an ordinary role that many would have failed to liven up.


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