Half Past Dead (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  15 November 2002 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.5/10 from 11,913 users   Metascore: 23/100
Reviews: 130 user | 57 critic | 23 from Metacritic.com

This movie tells the story of a man who goes undercover in a hi-tech prison to find out information to help prosecute those who killed his wife. While there he stumbles onto a plot involving a death-row inmate and his $200 million stash of gold.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Foreigner (2003)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A freelance agent must transport a package for a mysterious employer, leading him into a web of betrayal and deceit.

Director: Michael Oblowitz
Stars: Steven Seagal, Harry Van Gorkum, Max Ryan
Exit Wounds (2001)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Orin Boyd, a tough cop in an inner-city precinct discovers a web of dirty cops and corruption.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Stars: Steven Seagal, DMX, Isaiah Washington
Out for a Kill (Video 2003)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

An unsuspecting university professor is an unwitting accomplice in a foiled Chinese cocaine deal. Wrongly imprisoned, he escapes to take his revenge and prove his innocence.

Director: Michael Oblowitz
Stars: Steven Seagal, Michelle Goh, Corey Johnson
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Two cops, played by Seagal and Wayans, are forced to work together to solve a chain of mysterious killings by a killer nicknamed "The Family Man".

Director: John Gray
Stars: Steven Seagal, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bob Gunton
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Environmental protection agent Jack Taggart is fighting big business types led by Orin Hanner who are dumping toxic waste somewhere in the Kentucky hills region. They also killed his fellow... See full summary »

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Stars: Steven Seagal, Kris Kristofferson, Marg Helgenberger
The Patriot (1998)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A respected doctor must race against time to find a cure for a lethal virus, unleashed by a paramilitary militia leader.

Director: Dean Semler
Stars: Steven Seagal, L.Q. Jones, Gailard Sartain
Into the Sun (2005)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

When a government official is killed, an American operative with experience in the Yakuza culture is brought into investigate.

Director: mink
Stars: Steven Seagal, Takao Ohsawa, Juliette Marquis
Belly of the Beast (Video 2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

An ex-CIA agent's quest to find his kidnapped daughter leads him on a trail of political intrigue, corruption, danger and betrayal; he will stop at nothing to save her.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Steven Seagal, Byron Mann, Monica Lo
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Mystical martial artist/environmental agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.

Director: Steven Seagal
Stars: Steven Seagal, Michael Caine, Joan Chen
Today You Die (Video 2005)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A former thief who is trying to go straight seeks vengeance on those who framed him.

Director: Don E. FauntLeRoy
Stars: Steven Seagal, Anthony 'Treach' Criss, Sarah Buxton
Half Past Dead 2 (Video 2007)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Former WWE & WCW World Champion Bill Goldberg and hip-hop group Tha Dog Pound's Ricardo "Kurupt" Brown push life to the limit in this explosive sequel to the 2002 hit movie Half Past Dead.

Director: Art Camacho
Stars: Bill Goldberg, Kurupt, Jack Conley
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Chicago DEA agent John Hatcher has just returned from Colombia, where his partner was killed in the line of duty by a drug dealer who has since been taken down. As a result of his partner's... See full summary »

Director: Dwight H. Little
Stars: Steven Seagal, Joanna Pacula, Basil Wallace


Cast overview, first billed only:
Little Joe (as Michael 'Bear' Taliferro)
Judge Jane McPherson
Guard Damon J. Kestner
Sonny Eckvall
49er Three
Wiliam T. Bowers ...
Alcatraz Guard


A criminal mastermind has set in motion a plan to infiltrate a high tech prison in order to persuade a death row inmate to reveal the whereabouts of $200 million worth of gold. It's up to an undercover FBI agent to stop him before it's too late. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Good. The Bad. And the Deadly. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for pervasive action violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lockdown  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,820,536 (USA) (15 November 2002)


$409,207 (France) (9 May 2003)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Some aerial shots were taken from Michael Bay's film The Rock (1996) that got cut from that film. See more »


When 49er One shoots two of his own men, they are facing him as they fall. When they get up to shoot the agents, their backs are to 49er One. See more »


Nick: [driving the stolen car] You know you're crazy, don't you?
Sasha: Yeah, cuckoo crazy!
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the end credits, 'Twitch' and his 'wife' engage in a hilarious conversation in the visiting room at the prison. See more »


Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Marksman (2012) See more »


Hold On
Written by Andre Parker, Irving Lorenzo
Performed by Chink Santana
Courtesy of Murder Inc. Records L.L.C.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not the worst Seagal has done in recent years... but still not that good
11 November 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Two rules to go by are: Movies made by Franchise Pictures, or distributed by Screen Gems, are movies to avoid. This movie was made by Franchise Pictures AND distributed by Screen Gems! Not only that, but it has Steven Seagal - it's hard to believe that ten years or so ago he was doing so well. It's a shock to see him here, with a puffy face (and torso) and his hair looking lighter. Not surprisingly, his fight scenes are directed with quick cuts and simple martial arts movies that even an amateur could pull off. He seems very disinterested by what's happening, even a little out of it. He shouldn't be surprised that it's his career that's half past dead.

The director, Don Michael Paul, seems to have no ability to direct an action scene, martial art OR weapon-oriented. He uses annoying techniques like slow-motion or fast-motion to try and be "edgy", I guess. He also has problems telling a story, with some notable gaps that filled would have made some plot points more clear. He was working with a tight budget, which explains some things like numerous close-ups and somewhat impoverished sets. (Plus outdoor locations that clearly aren't in the United States, even though the movie is supposed to be taking place there.) Still, the movie moves along with nary a slow spot, and as problem-filled as it is, it's slicker and less annoying than Seagal movies like TICKER and THE FOREIGNER.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I actually really enjoyed this movie!! Tiggerdabounce21
Why do rappers think they can act???? dutch81
The UberBadass Chick! D_sted
Possible sequel names... gobbles
Song Help Ladies + Gentlemen thechillman
Soundtrack songlist tapout
Discuss Half Past Dead (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: