Malevolent (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  27 June 2002 (USA)
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Detective Jack Lucas, a harried, self-hating, Los Angeles police detective races against the clock to clear his name when he's framed for a series of killings committed by a crafty serial killer, who targets him as his latest fall guy.


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Complete credited cast:
Jack Lucas
Oliver Chadwicke
Jessica Tarrant
Carla Gifford
Warren Lucas
Greg Pruitt
Rex Ryon ...
Joe Dexter
Ray Bressler
Guy Ecker ...
Al Voss
Amye Williams ...
Kelly (as Troy Beyer)
Mike Butters ...


Detective Jack Lucas is racing to clear his name, when he's framed for a series of murders. A maverick cop under routine investigation for a job-related shooting, Jack finds himself being set up as the prime suspect in an escalating killing spree. Sliding deeper into trouble and with few clues to go on, Jack desperately teams with exotic dancer Jessica, who may hold the key to the motive behind the mystery. With time running out, he must do whatever it takes to put all the pieces together and prove his innocence before the real killer pulls off the perfect crime. Written by Anonymous

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The setup. The betrayal. Vengeance is coming.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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27 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Twist of Fate  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stock footage used: The opening car chase are edited scenes from The Corruptor (1999), while the finale (another big car chase) was originally seen in Marked for Death (1990). See more »


Jack Lucas checks his computer for a 1957 Cadillac, when the Red car shown in the film is actually a 1959 Cadillac that has two red plastic bullet-shape taillights prominent in each large tail fin (only 1959 model year has them). See more »


Edited from The Corruptor (1999) See more »


Written by Adam Hamilton
Performed by Adam Hamilton
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Disappointing lack of editing finesse!
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It always amuses me when bad editing results in cars magically having regrown hubcaps that clearly flew off in an earlier scene - just seconds earlier.

It struck me that the final car chase scene was very familiar, from the way the blue BMW zigzagged across the park and jumped the wall, followed closely by a beige Dodge Ram. I thought it was remarkably similar to a scene I remembered from a Steven Seagal movie, probably "Marked for Death" which I saw in the early Nineties. Then I noticed that the mag wheels had miraculously changed from alloy spokes to gold BBS honeycomb style wheels... and the shade of blue wasn't right, either. If you're observant, you can clearly see both Seagal and his co-star companion in the truck (supposedly now driven by Phillips, who elsewhere is shown to be alone in the vehicle) at various times, but most noticeably when it spins round and enters the sidewalk, and again as it gets back on the street.

If you watch closely, you can even see those nasty Jamaican drug dealers from the 1990 movie in the BMW... in one scene there is a black hand hanging out of the passenger side window (when there's supposed to be no passenger at all in either car)

You sort of feel cheated when they pull this kind of stunt on the audience. Did they manage to save so much money after paying royalties to the owners of the Seagal movie? Or did budget constraints prevent them from staging their own car chase and doing their own stunts..? I'm told that the opening car chase was similarly taken from another movie which I haven't yet seen.

Recycling in general may be sensible and politically correct - but this is taking the concept too far. Moviegoers should be entitled to a partial refund - or free copies of the movies from which these scenes were lifted.

Lou Diamond Phillips has done better work for decades. It does him no favors to be associated with a production which relies so heavily on disingeniously regurgitated material.

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