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A Better Way to Die (2000)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  29 September 2001 (Japan)
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A Chicago cop quits the force and finds himself threatened by the Mafia.

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Set along the highways of the U.S. heartland, the story follows the journey of an ex-cop who is inadvertently thrust into a fierce struggle between the FBI and the Chicago underworld, both of which are searching for a missing federal agent who holds the key to the syndicate's demise. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence throughout, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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"Middletown" is is actually Newark, Oh. About 5 miles away from Granville, Oh where director/actor Scott Wiper graduated high school. See more »

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Laslov: [to flash] You want that pain in your head to go away? You transfer it
[shoots flash in the legs]
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Fun little action vehicle
17 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A BETTER WAY TO DIE is hardly a B-movie gem, and yet it's certainly an entertaining time-waster, a star vehicle and labour of love for a director/writer/actor you've never heard of and a movie packed to the brim with chases and shoot-outs. In terms of pacing this is an unstoppable movie with all manner of crime clichés and violent events to propel the slim storyline.

In essence, star Scott Wiper plays a down-on-his-luck type who finds himself pursued by multiple bad guys, including gangsters, dealers and corrupt government agents. It feels a bit like a Tarantino flick, something like TRUE ROMANCE, in that there are multiple criminals and they're all battling against each other. Wiper is instantly forgettable as a leading man but I quite enjoyed his work as writer and director here.

Star actors are low on the ground, but viewers are treated to Lou Diamond Phillips giving a laidback turn as a corrupt cop, HOSTEL's Rick Hoffman as a thug, Natasha Henstridge (SPECIES) as the love interest and another decent role for Andre Braugher (THE MIST). The action comes thick and fast and I'll admit it, I had a ball with this one, even if it's not something you'd want to watch again once you know what happens.


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