MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,108 this week

Urban Justice (2007)

R  |  Video  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  13 November 2007 (USA)
5.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 4,121 users  
Reviews: 52 user | 28 critic

Seagal plays a man with a dark and violent past, who seeks revenge for the murder of his son.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 30 Oct 2011
 
list image
a list of 38 titles
created 30 Dec 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 20 Apr 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 18 Dec 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Urban Justice" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Urban Justice (Video 2007)

Urban Justice (Video 2007) on IMDb 5.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Urban Justice.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pistol Whipped (Video 2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Matt is an elite ex-cop whose life has gone down hill since he was kicked off the Force. After a rough encounter with a mysterious henchman, Matt is brought face to face with his only ... See full summary »

Director: Roel Reiné
Stars: Steven Seagal, Paul Calderon, Renée Elise Goldsberry
Flight of Fury (Video 2007)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

John is sent in to recover a stolen Stealth Bomber. His trusty sidekick Rojar and ever faithful Jessica fight the rebel forces of Banansistan, led by the vivacious Ellianna.

Director: Michael Keusch
Stars: Steven Seagal, Mark Bazeley, Steve Toussaint
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
Driven to Kill (Video 2009)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An ex-Russian mobster who is now a crime novelist must confront his past when his family is targeted by violence.

Director: Jeff King
Stars: Steven Seagal, Mike Dopud, Igor Jijikine
Kill Switch (Video 2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A troubled detective travels to Memphis in order to track down a pair of serial killers.

Director: Jeff King
Stars: Steven Seagal, Isaac Hayes, Holly Elissa
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
Shadow Man (Video 2006)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

An intelligence operative discovers that no one is what they seem in the shadowy world of espionage.

Director: Michael Keusch
Stars: Steven Seagal, Eva Pope, Imelda Staunton
A Dangerous Man (Video 2009)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

After serving 6 years for a crime he didn't commit, Shane Daniels is released from jail with an apology from the State of Arizona. Within hours of his freedom, he unluckily bears witness to... See full summary »

Director: Keoni Waxman
Stars: Steven Seagal, Marlaina Mah, Vitaly Kravchenko
The Keeper I (2009)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Roland Sallinger is an LA cop who after nearly being killed by his greedy partner, and eventually being forced to retire for medical reasons, flees to San Antonio, Texas, after being asked ... See full summary »

Director: Keoni Waxman
Stars: Steven Seagal, Liezl Carstens, Arron Shiver
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
Belly of the Beast (Video 2003)
Action
    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 | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A hard core Interpol Agent is assigned to an Eastern European task force to target gun trafficking and dope running throughout the Balkans. While investigating a Russian gun dealer, his ... See full summary »

Director: Lauro Chartrand
Stars: Steven Seagal, Dan Badarau, Darren Shahlavi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Armand Tucker
...
Alice Park
...
Max Ballister
Liezl Carstens ...
Linda
...
Det. Frank Shaw
Mary Evans ...
Irene
Al Staggs ...
Priest
Jade Yorker ...
Gary Morrison
...
Rasheed
Brian Neal Lucero ...
Benny (as Brian Lucero)
...
El Chivo
...
Winston (as Diego Lopez)
Grady McCardell ...
Dwight Morris
...
Watch Sergeant
Edit

Storyline

Seagal plays a man with a dark and violent past, who seeks revenge for the murder of his son.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

When revenge is personal, justice can be brutal.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time in the Hood  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

At one point, Screen Gems was considering this film for a theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

Seagal's Chrysler 300C in the movie has three sets of wheels. All of them appear to be OEM Chrysler, but are obviously three different sets. The first set have a chrome machined face and seven spokes. The second set have a cast appearance with six spokes. The third set are of a monobloc design, and in fact may actually be hubcaps. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Linda: Can't you call in sick or say you have doctor's appointment?
Max Ballister: No.
Linda: [lays on top of Max in bed, moaning and kissing him] You know I can make it worth while.
Max Ballister: [scene skips ahead to Max walking outside with Linda riding piggy-back] You're Gonna make me late.
[puts her down]
Linda: I don't want you to leave!
Max Ballister: Got to.
Linda: No.
Max Ballister: Got to.
[...]
See more »

Connections

References The Patriot (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Dirty Game
Written by Matt Sherrod (as Matt Sherod), Michael Alemania, Blaine Gray and John Pratt
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Seagal is almost back.
15 September 2007 | by (Marlow, England) – See all my reviews

Steven Seagal's career post Under Siege has been one in constant need of resurgence. On Deadly Ground was greeted with acid tongued derision from critics, thus followed up by Under Siege 2, an upturn, though still unfavourable in comparison to the first. Exit Wounds followed another string of poorly received outings. Then the downward spiral hit high gear with the odd (and only slight) upturn in films like Belly Of The Beast and Into The Sun. In 2007 it's seemingly a crunch moment. Seagal needs an upturn. His fan base is in danger of decimating, perhaps jumping ship to Jean Claude, Wesley or Dolph, heck maybe even Don Wilson when you consider how bad Attack Force was. Urban Justice needed to be decent, needed to hit the high notes. But did it? Well overall…it kinda did. Not to say it's a great film by any means, but it's an upturn in fortune for Seagal, and most importantly, the man himself really comes out of his corner throwing some big shots again. He's not been out for the count quite yet, and with a few rounds left in him, maybe he can still turn this fight in his favour (nice analogy huh?).

Urban Justice firstly steers clear of the trend of Seagal's post Exit Wounds flicks, and that is CIA/FBI conspiracy subplots that eat away at the pacing and clarity of his recent flicks. This plot line is simple, straight and laid out. Seagal's son gets killed, and he wants the killer, nothing more. There's nothing too much on the side that gets in the way of Seagal getting from A to B. Secondly the film features Seagal as prominently as a leading man actually should feature, both in screen time (some of his recent flicks have him disappear for sometimes 15 minutes at a time!) and ADR participation (no dubbing this time folks). Above all Seagal manages to bring back some of his charisma that had seemingly been left behind in the early 90's somewhere along with Kelly Le Brocks hotness. Seagal's cool again, he's badass! Sure a little chunky and sweaty still, but he kicks ass! The action in this film is pretty good too. There's a plethora of hand to hand fights, which believe it or not, actually feature Seagal himself! Yes amazing given recent history. His stand in, stunt double and ADR double sat around twiddling there thumbs in this picture, and that's good. Seagal fans don't want those guys too busy. The fights are pretty decent though and Seagal unleashes some pretty savage beat-downs. We get vintage moves here. He breaks every conceivable bone in the human body during this flick, a femur on one guy, and a couple of ribs on another and so on. Best and coolest of all is the fact that Seagal once again looks like he could kick most guys assess! He's quick in this film I'm telling you. It's that old school Seagal who can virtually stand on the spot, but a few lightening moves of the arms and hands, and big ol' size 16 boots from no where, and the bad guys are floored. The fights are well edited and though tightly shot, they pack a punch, and the sound design is top notch. As for the rest of the action, we have disappointingly lame car chase. Not so much down to budget, but down to a complete lack of any kinetic energy and imaginative stunt work. The shoot outs are almost Hard Target insane! Meaning entire clips are unloaded on each individual bad guy, and blood shoots out all over the damn place! In fact the blood impacts in this film are the most insane I've ever seen and totally illogical, but I love it. It's the kind of super-violence Seagal used to produce. Seagal also gives his best performance in a few years. He seems interested, engaged and as I said shows off his charisma here.

The director Don E Fauntleroy was previously responsible for two of Seagal's shoddiest works. His inclusion in this was a worry, but while those first two collaborations with Big Pappa lacked any real autuership of any kind, here it's different. Fauntleroy manages to project some vision here, some style. We're not talking Scorsese, but for these sorts of flicks he's serviceable. Elsewhere the co-stars are not too bad. In particular there's a decent cameo from Danny Trejo, while Eddie Griffin makes for a somewhat cartoony but well suited villain.

On the negative side, though the plot is very simple, it's simplicity should have lent itself to a quicker pace of movie. The mid section suffers some lag, with too many gangster based dialogue scenes. That might not have been so bad if anything important was being said, and also the script is problematic in that the hip hop dialogue isn't very realistic. It's as if the writer knew only a couple of hood words and decided to repeat them endlessly. "Aaaaaaariiiiggghhht", "Mother-f**ker" and in particular "n***er" are words that are overused to levels of almost annoyance. The relationship between Seagal and his snitch and also landlady could have been developed but instead feel needless and pasted in. Above all it would have been a few more scenes with Seagal. Elsewhere the score is pretty bad. It's a rush job without question and one that jars against the competent direction, editing, and an in form Seagal.

Overall this isn't exactly a great film, but in Seagal's recent canon, it's top notch. Importantly, the man himself is back to his old self again. If a better film can be put around him, he'll surely be able to deliver a film to rival his best ones. As it is, Urban Justice is a welcome filler and good solid Saturday night home entertainment. Coming from one of Seagal's harshest (though I maintain, realist) fans, that's saying something. **1/2


61 of 67 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A Great Movie r_m_sport_guy
Seagal in 'Fat Elvis' period? black_hound_13
Best Segal move since under siege, but bbluemchen
BEST LINE dave_haydock
song? georgescu1dan
Stock Footage? devilboywa
Discuss Urban Justice (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?