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Redline (1997)
"Deathline" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  26 September 1997 (Japan)
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When a man is murdered in Moscow, experimental bionic research brings him back to life. He then sets out to find his murderers and money that was stolen during the crime.

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Udo
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Jak Osmond ...
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Ágnes Bánfalvy ...
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When a man is murdered in Moscow, experimental bionic research brings him back to life. He then sets out to find his murderers and money that was stolen during the crime. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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In The Future, Death Is Only The Beginning.

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When John Wade's body is lying in the field it changes positions. One camera angle shows him on his side with his legs crossed, while the other camera angle shows him on his back with his legs apart. See more »

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A pleasing and watchable but very much unspectacular futuristic actioner
24 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Deathline, or Armageddon (the title under which I bought it) or Redline, its name on British TV, is not it must be said anything too impressive or spectacular, but for those like me a bit less discerning and more easily amused it is not without a fair amount of easy charm. It tells of John Wade, an American smuggler in futuristic Moscow who is double crossed and murdered by his partner. Fortunately a nefarious government agency brings him back to life and he promptly escapes to avenge himself and get his money back. The film is pretty rote stuff, but enlivened by a quick pace, effective mood and a decent body count during its action sequences. Rutger Hauer plays Wade, one of his many straight to video action roles and its the sort of thing he could play in his sleep, effortlessly tough and compelling he is good fun to watch even though he doesn't have anything too inspiring to do. He carries the film well, while an underused Mark Dacascos is suitably vicious as his villainous ex partner. Despite Dacascos being an ace fighter there are no kung fu skirmishes to speak of which was pretty lame, but he does at least have a good nasty demeanour and gets to enact a gnarly bit of digit violence at one stage. Director Tibor Tacacks is a dab hand at this sort of thing and the film is quite atmospheric, he is helped by the locations (Budapest standing in for Moscow with some impressive brooding architecture) some neat art direction and flashes of imaginative flair. There is more nudity than usual for this sort of film, no full frontal but whats there is still very welcome. The action is pretty unrealistic, with various scenes of poorly aiming evil underlings failing to make any progress despite their automatic weapons and getting easily picked off by Hauer. However, some pleasing bloody squib action means that at least its satisfying to see these various goons go down and there are quite a number of them. Lastly, worth mentioning that Randall William Cook shows up here playing a baddie. He was the villain in Tibor Takacks' earlier horror gem I, Madman and is equally imposing here, though this is a good deal lesser film. Altogether this is no great shakes, but as an easygoing slice of entertainment for undemanding action hounds it does OK, slick, interesting and best of all quite good fun it achieves its minor aims pretty well. Not one to eagerly search out then, but for fans of this sort of thing worth a watch I think.


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