The Foreigner (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  20 June 2003 (South Korea)
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A freelance agent must transport a package for a mysterious employer, leading him into a web of betrayal and deceit.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerome Van Aken
Sean Cold
Jared Olyphant
Philip Dunbar ...
Alexander Marquee
Izabela Okrasa ...
Clarissa Van Aken
Rolls Royce Driver
Hotel Clerk Imke
The Stranger
Grzegorz Emanuel ...
Przemyslaw Saleta ...
Security Guard
Jan Jurewicz ...
Man with Porsche


Jonathon Cold is a freelance agent hired by a mysterious man to deliver a package from France to Germany. The contents of the package remain undisclosed, even between employer and employee, but whatever it contains seems to be attracting a swarm of political corruption, backstabbing bad guys and murder. However, Cold knows he must stay one step ahead of the evil powers at work, whoever they are, no matter what the cost, as it increasingly becomes a game of step on or be stepped on. Written by

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If they think they can stop him, they're dead wrong.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 June 2003 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Az idegen  »

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$16,700,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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To this date, 2014, is the second of two collaborations between Steven Seagal and director Michael Oblowitz. The first collaboration was Out For A Kill. See more »


The credits spell the character's name as "Van Aken". Likewise the street name is "Van Aken". However, when we first see the residence, the caption reads, "Van Aiken residence". The spelling is also 'Van Aken' on the front page of the newspaper Segal puts on the counter of the hotel's reception when checking in. See more »


Merideth Van Aitken: Do you have a family?
Jonathon Cold: Yeah, I have a brother.
Merideth Van Aitken: Older or younger?
Jonathon Cold: ...Wiser.
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Edited into Black Dawn (2005) See more »

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Chronicles the sad decline of a once-great action movie star
2 March 2003 | by (UK & Germany) – See all my reviews

Steven Seagal has starred in some great action flicks down the years – but unfortunately this ain't one of ‘em. As other hacks have pointed out on this page, the plot is messy and incoherent and it's difficult most of the time to even work out who are supposed to be the `good guys' and who are supposed to be the `bad guys'. It borrows a major plot element from the movie `Ronin' from a few years back, namely a mysterious package that various mysterious factions are desperate to get their hands on and will walk over corpses in order to do so, and like that movie this one also has a European setting. The plot of `Ronin' was also a bit convoluted and confusing and required the viewer to pay close attention to what was going on. But the `The Foreigner' is far worse. It tries too hard to be intriguing and mysterious and in the process ends up as a complete mess. And then we come to Mr. Seagal himself. Okay, he's the on dark side of 50 now, but that in itself isn't necessarily a barrier to being able to carry off a tough-guy action role. For example, Clint Eastwood was older than Seagal is now when he starred as the hard-as-nails Marine gunnery sergeant in `Heartbreak Ridge' in the mid-1980s, but he carried off that role superbly and convincingly because he was lean, mean and obviously very fit. Seagal on the other hand has quite clearly gone to seed, allowing himself to balloon (as others have also pointed out here) to almost Brando-esque proportions and quite frankly looked laughable here. And then there's that annoying, headache-inducing `fast-motion, slow-motion' camerawork that unfortunately seems to be all the rage with movie-makers right now. Hopefully it's a trend will soon die out (that movie `The Matrix' has got a lot to answer for). In a nutshell – sub-standard and very typical `straight-to-video' fare and really only recommended for die-hard Seagal enthusiasts. 3 out of 10 (and I'm being generous).

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