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Mercenary for Justice (2006)

Video  -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  25 April 2006 (USA)
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A mercenary gets involved in a mission that threatens the lives of his kin. In order to succeed, he must break into one of the most wellguarded prisons in Eastern Europe and free the son of the most notorious drug lord in the world today.

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Maxine Barnol
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Anthony Chapel
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John Dresham
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Samuel Kay
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Bulldog
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Kruger (as Langley Jack Kirkwood)
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Chief of Police Malik
Peter Butler ...
Ahmet Dasan
Farouk Valley-Omar ...
Elder Butler (as Fahruq Valley-Omar)
Tumi Mogoje ...
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Shondra Jones
Zaa Nkweta ...
Radio Jones (as Zaa Nikweta)
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Mercenary John Seeger is one of the best in the business. John and his crew are battling some French soldiers on the French-controlled Galmoral Island in Southern Africa as they're trying to rescue the French Ambassador -- there's a coup going on. John gets angry when some of his soldiers unload their machine guns into the Ambassador and his family, blowing the mission and getting his best friend Radio Jones killed. John goes back to the U.S.A. and goes to the home of Radio's wife Shondra, tells her the news, and then promises her that he'll take care of her and her son Eddie. But shortly after he makes that vow, Shondra and Eddie get kidnapped. They were kidnapped by a CIA faction led by CIA dirty deeds man John Dresham and his boss, CIA Black Ops producer Anthony Chapel, who want to force John into doing a mission for them. Kamal Dasan, the son of prominent gun runner Ahmet Dasan, has been arrested and thrown into the Randveld Prison outside of Cape Town, South Africa, and Chapel ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Principal photography was on location in Cape Town, South Africa. See more »

Goofs

At 42:42, after Dresham and Maxine meet Chief of Police Malik at the Credit Natal Bank in Cape Town, Dresham hands Malik a CIA/State Department memo. In the ATT: field, the country is listed as "South African" not "South Africa". In the body of the memo, the word "States" is omitted ("United Central Intelligence Agency"), "request" should be "requests", and the word "there" is incorrectly used for "their" ("our agents in THERE investigations"). See more »

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[SPOILER]
Maxine Barnol: [Chapel drives away in a car] You mean to tell me you let that milquetoast pussy get away?
John Seeger: Milquetoast? Man, i always thought he had an explosive personality.
[Seeger pushes a button and the car explodes]
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Overdrive Electronica
Music by Scott Marcussen
Published by Engine Co 35 Music/Source in Sync Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Seagal fans rejoice? Ahhh, not quite, but a step in the right direction…
19 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you've kept up with Seagal's direct-to-video career (as I diligently have) "Mercenary for Justice" is certainly a step in the right direction. No, it's not great movie, but it's a whole lot better than most of his previous direct-to-video efforts. First and foremost the cinematography is really well done. This movie looks great and feels "bigger" than most of Seagal's previous direct to video movies. Second, although there's more gun-play than Aikido, Seagal performs in all his own action sequences (no stunt/body doubles) and the fight choreography is relatively classic Seagal (arm and wrist twisting / body tossing). Third, Seagal's voice doesn't appear to be dubbed at any point during the movie (as it's been in several of his other releases). What's bad is the usual: muddled story, poor supporting cast, some of the dialogue. The first 20 minutes of the movie lack a real cohesive setup / story (in fact, beside a brief freeze frame / still, Seagal doesn't appear for the first 11 minutes or so). The opening also suffers from the classic low budget, "shooting a stunt from multiple angles – then intermittently cutting those different shots of the same stunt into the movie trying to sell it as a new event each time" trick. Oh well. Bottom line: If you've kept up with Seagal this far in his career you won't be disappointed with "Mercenary for Justice." Favorite Seagal theatrical release: Out For Justice / Favorite Seagal direct-to-video release (as of 04/19/06): Belly of the Beast


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