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Half Past Dead (2002)

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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.

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Don Michael Paul
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Sasha Petrosevitch
Morris Chestnut ... 49er One / Donald Robert Johnson
Ja Rule ... Nicolas 'Nick' Frazier
Nia Peeples ... 49er Six
Tony Plana ... Warden El Fuego
Kurupt ... Twitch
Michael Taliferro ... Little Joe (as Michael 'Bear' Taliferro)
Claudia Christian ... Special Agent Ellen Williams
Linda Thorson ... Judge Jane McPherson
Bruce Weitz ... Lester McKenna
Michael McGrady ... Guard Damon J. Kestner
Richard Bremmer ... Sonny Eckvall
Matt Battaglia ... 49er Three
Hannes Jaenicke ... Agent Hartmann
Wiliam T. Bowers Wiliam T. Bowers ... Alcatraz Guard
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Storyline

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

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Fully armed. Totally outnumbered. Completely unexpected. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lockdown See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,820,536, 17 November 2002

Gross USA:

$15,567,860

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,233,280
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During production, Steven Seagal re-injured his knee, necessitating the casting of Wolfgang Lindner as an additional stunt double to Joseph Billingiere. See more »

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The helicopter with the commandos crashes very close to the execution of the prisoner (midnight). Yet, an FBI-agent later reports that the helicopter crashed "around 7:30". See more »

Quotes

Nick: [after Sasha's confession, Nick needs the whole truth about his being in Alcatraz] Yo, you need to break a few things down to me.
Sasha: Yeah, what am I doing here? Maintaining my cover, earning your trust.
Nick: [dryly] You already screwed that up.
Sasha: The Bureau thought that if we did time together you might trust me with more sensitive information when we got back out on the streets.
Nick: [puzzled] Ya'll want Sonny that bad?
Sasha: [miserably] My wife's dead because of him. She died when one of his men jacked my car and put...
[...]
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Actor Richard Bremmer is credited in opening credits but missing from the closing credits. See more »

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A very weak rerun of better movies
1 January 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Sasha is a car thief working with his partner Nick for a big time crime lord. However when their operations are busted by the FBI both end up sent away to the newly opened Alcatraz. Sasha is called to the side of a man sentenced to die because the man wants to talk about Sasha's experience of death. However when criminals break into the jail and take hostages in an attempt to get the death row prisoner to reveal where he hid his stolen gold. Sasha mobilises to take on the gang but must convince his fellow prisoners to team up.

Against my better judgement I rented this film looking for good action rather than anything else. Sadly I was not even given that here in this film that fails on almost every stage - even when it sets it's own standards so very low! The plot is just yet another Die Hard in whatever twist, but this one has been more of less done much better in The Rock. It doesn't even try to be believable and has no real suspense at any stage. The action sequences are basically the A-Team with more swearing, people armed with two guns or one big machine gun cannot hit each other one in 5 minutes despite being no more than 20 feet apart!

Considering I only wanted action, to be let down so severely was a major problem. While I respect Steven Seagal's skills, those days are long gone on the evidence of this. He doesn't have many scenes that require him to do much fighting - the one big scene he has that is impressive is based on the upper body anyway. He is podgy and out of shape - when he is seen running it is surprising how slow he moves; how they missed a target his size is a mystery to me. Ja-Rule does with his acting what he's been doing with his music - following in DMX's footsteps (made me laugh to hear so much DMX on the soundtrack too - talk about living in the shadows!). In fairness he was OK which he should be if you consider that he plays `the tough talking little gangsta' everyday when pretending to be his rap personae. Chestnut is not a great villain and doesn't have any good scenes, he lacks teeth and only tries to be mean by doing the usual stuff of shooting own men etc etc - Chestnut is an apt name in this role. Peeples is brought in as the `sex appeal' and she is pretty cute despite being forced into a Matrix rip off costume that doesn't make sense considering everyone else is in full body armour! Kurupt is pretty good and is funny over the end credits, but his whole performance feels like an average impression of Martin Lawrence.

Overall this is easily Seagal's worst for years. The action is pretty weak. The fight sequences are very poor and seem designed to make sure Seagal doesn't have to move and is only really filmed from the waist up! The usual cast of caricatures and clichés are weak. I didn't want art - I just wanted dumb action that I could veg out in front of; it speaks volumes that the film didn't even manage to do that.


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