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Born to Raise Hell -- 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 team is caught in a bloody street war between a Gypsy gang and the Russians, leaving one task force member dead. Fueled with vengeance, he leads us on an action packed thrill ride while avenging his friend's death.


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Writer (WGA):
Steven Seagal (written by)
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Release Date:
11 December 2010 (Japan) See more »
A duty to protect. A hunt for vengeance.
A hard core Interpol Agent is assigned to an Eastern European task force to target gun trafficking and dope running throughout the Balkans... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Steven Seagal ... Robert 'Bobby' Samuels

Dan Badarau ... Dimitri

Darren Shahlavi ... Costel

D. Neil Mark ... Steve

George Remes ... Ronnie
Claudiu Bleont ... Sorin
Madalina Mariescu ... Tami
Calin Puia ... Christian

Cosmina Pasarin ... Nina
Alexandra Coman ... Dorina
Oana Jidoveanu ... Tatia
Izabela Onicioiu ... Rachel
Karl Baker ... Adrian
Stefan Iancu ... Dimitri's Son
Constantin Barbulescu ... Gall
Elias Ferkin ... Rafi
Zoltan Butuc ... Dada
Irina Antonie ... Wife
Silvia Stanciu ... Dimitri's Wife
Ioan Ionescu ... Darius (as Ioan Andrei Ionescu)
Marius Chivu ... Vlad

Alan O'Silva ... Biker #2 (as Alin Olteanu)
Florian Ghimpu ... Husband #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mike Dopud ... Biker #1 (uncredited)
Aimée Leigh ... Dancer #3 (uncredited)
Pat Miller ... Biker #3 (uncredited)

Maria-Antoaneta Tudor ... Dancer 2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Lauro Chartrand 
Writing credits
Steven Seagal (written by)

Produced by
Binh Dang .... co-executive producer
Phillip B. Goldfine .... producer
Jeff Green .... co-producer
Jeffrey Green .... co-producer
Joe Halpin .... co-producer
Vlad Paunescu .... co-executive producer
Benjamin Sacks .... executive producer (as Benjamin F. Sacks)
Steven Seagal .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Neilson 
Cinematography by
Eric J. Goldstein (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Trevor Mirosh 
Casting by
Floriela Grapini 
Production Design by
Serban Porupca 
Art Direction by
Vlad Roseanu 
Set Decoration by
Andreea Hillerin  (as Andreea Cazacu)
Costume Design by
Ana Maria Cucu 
Makeup Department
Alexandra Barladeanu .... hair stylist assistant (as Alexandra Barladianu)
Daniela Busoiu .... key makeup artist: Romania (as Dana Busoiu)
Anastasia Eremciuc .... makeup assistant
Letitia Ghenea .... key hair stylist
John L. Healy .... key makeup artist: US (as John Healy)
John L. Healy .... makeup supervisor (as John Healy)
Ionel Popa .... prosthetic makeup
Ticulina Truica .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Cristian Bostanescu .... executive in charge of production: Romania (as Cristi Bostanescu)
Adrian Conerth .... unit production manager
Eric Maran .... post-production supervisor (as Eric MacDonald)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Brown .... first assistant director
Simona Dinu .... second assistant director
Mihaela Mihai .... third assistant director
Art Department
Vasile Alexandru .... buyer (as Vasile Alexandru 'Ciumara')
Ioan Barladeanu .... specialty props
Bostina Florin .... construction supervisor (as Florin Bostina)
Viorel Ghenea .... property master
Stefan Gheorghe .... swing gang #4
Marius Gherman .... swing gang #1
Adi Handac .... props
Constantin Marian .... swing gang #3
Iasar Memedali .... buyer
Luiza Soporeanu .... assistant set decorator trainee
Titi Staicu .... swing gang #2
Marius Trandafir .... leadman (as Trandafir Marius)
George Vasile .... foreman
Sound Department
Kevin Belen .... assistant sound editor
Kelly Cole .... sound re-recording mixer
Graeme Duffy .... walla director
Javier Marin Leyton .... foley artist
Javier Marin Leyton .... foley editor
Bill Mellow .... sound re-recording mixer
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher M. Ray .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (as Chris Ray)
Christopher M. Ray .... foley mixer (as Chris Ray)
Special Effects by
Lucian Iordache .... special effects supervisor
Ionel Popa .... special effects makeup
Catalin Banghia .... stunt actor: Restaurant Thug 2 (as Catalin Benghia)
Florin Barcun .... stunt actor: Costel Thug 3/Restaurant Thug 3
Lauro Chartrand .... stunt performer
Florian Ciprian .... stunt double
Doru Dumitrescu .... stunts
Razvan Gheorghiu .... stunt actor: Restaurant Thug 1
Dian Hristov .... stunt double: Bobby (as Diyan Hristov)
Mihai Iliescu .... stunt performer
Doru Raceala .... stunt cars coordinator
Florin Stancu .... stunt actor
Nicolae Stoica .... stunts
Vasilescu Valentin .... stunt coordinator (as Vali Vasilescu)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cristiana Apostol .... still photographer
Calin Catalin .... gaffer
Catalin Chiorean .... electrician
Dustin Cross .... digital imaging technician
Alexandru Durac .... camera operator
Catalin Kislinger .... camera operator: "c" camera
Stefan Mangar .... camera operator
Nathan McTague .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Liviu Pojoni Jr. .... camera operator: "a" camera
Valentin Simeonov .... video assist operator
Casting Department
Laura Grosu .... extras casting
Liliana Toma .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Ciobanu .... dresser: 1
Oana Draghici .... costume supervisor
Doina Raducut .... dresser: 2 (as Diona Raducut)
Editorial Department
Trevor Mirosh .... editor
Thor Roos .... digital intermediate artist
Darryl Whetung .... first assistant editor
Transportation Department
Zamfir Cornel .... assistant picture car coordinator
Other crew
Razvan Badea .... base camp coordinator
Andra Barbuica .... script supervisor
Doran Chandler .... legal counsel
Andreea Iordache .... location manager
Daniela Soare .... extras coordinator
Roman Viaris-de-Lesegno .... financial consultant
Chris Whitelaw .... photo double: Bobby

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Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

In an online interview with the Budomate website, Darren Shahlavi claimed his climactic fight scene with Steven Seagal was limited by time restrictions of the production schedule.See more »
Continuity: After Bobby arrests Sorin in the beginning of the movie and is interrogating him, Sorin uses his hand to gesture and moments later a police officer is instructed to remove the handcuffs from Sorin which were keeping his hands behind his back.See more »


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"You're not supposed to hit somebody while I'm holding him", 12 May 2015
Author: The_Phantom_Projectionist from United States

I wish I could meet Steven Seagal, not only to ask for his autograph but also to sit down with him and discuss what's made his recent string of movies so disappointing for even a devoted fan like me. I would use BORN TO RAISE HELL here as an example, being sure to compliment the film's strengths but also making clear to him exactly what about it sucks. I'm not so naïve to believe that Seagal is in total creative and technical control of each of his features, but perhaps I could convince him to take a more hands-on role in their production and perhaps aikido-chop the idiots who are truly responsible for the lackluster nature of some of these movies.

The plot: An international drug task force operating out of Romania, headed by ex-Interpol agent Samuel Axel (Seagal), sets its sights on bringing down the operations of a deadly and sadistic gang of drug traffickers...

People who don't like Steven Seagal by default are going to hate this movie. Seagal occupies most of the scenes (perhaps still making up for his absence throughout most of AGAINST THE DARK?) and his character is boisterous, arrogant, and most of the other characters cow to him in one way or another. Surprisingly, I found myself appreciating this: a supercilious Steven is still more fun to watch than the detached, bored-looking dope he played for a while in movies like FLIGHT OF FURY. However, whatever effort he seems to have made for this film is marred by extensive dubbing of his voice - something not present in his movies to this degree since the picture I just mentioned. There aren't any other real technical snafus to be seen, but further post-production add-ins like nonstop slow motion, freeze-frame shots galore, and way too many time-killing collage scenes continue to have the movie feeling more like Seagal's trash pictures of yesteryear, moving him further and further away from the high standard he had achieved with URBAN JUSTICE.

The action scenes are composed mostly of boring shootouts, but there are a couple hand-to-hand encounters which, while not too flashy, feature Seagal doing just about all of his own moves and getting some good aikido throws in. There's also an impressive instance wherein he kicks a thug so hard that the man flies about six feet through the air before crashing through a bench. These lead up to the finale with martial artist Darren Shahlavi, who had been running around the rest of the picture as the necrophilic, drug-dealing main villain. This is where things get *really* disappointing, to the point of costing my rating an entire star. Shahlavi had consistently delivered great physical performances in the past, and one of his most recent movies at the time - IP MAN 2, released on the same day as BORN TO RAISE HELL - featured him in some very good fights with Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung; in this one, however, he has one very brief fight halfway through the film before getting absolutely manhandled by Seagal during the climax. The fact that Shahlavi had just been in an internationally-acclaimed martial arts masterpiece makes this ugly and one-sided encounter more disappointing than Seagal's similar exchanges with Gary Daniels and Byron Mann: at least they didn't have any recent major successes behind them to live up to.

At this point in our conversation, if I had been able to speak freely and if the rumors concerning Seagal's temper and ego were true, I figure he'd either have left the room in disinterest or he would have me by my throat. I'd quickly try to point out that the acting is decent in general and, despite being shot in Romania, the film's cinematography is less grey than I expected and pretty fun to look at...but would this be enough to save me? It certainly isn't enough to save the movie, which I fear can be shelved along with the growing number of failed DTV outings starring the Buddhist Bonecrusher. I doubt that I'll ever actually have this conversation with Steven, but I'm still holding out on the hope that he's going to get back on the horse and make it worth being a fan of his again; when this one came out, it really wasn't.

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