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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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Michael Oblowitz

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Darren Campbell (as Darren O. Campbell)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Jonathan Cold
Max Ryan ... Dunoir
Harry Van Gorkum ... Jerome Van Aken
Jeffrey Pierce ... Sean Cold
Anna-Louise Plowman ... Meredith Van Aken
Sherman Augustus ... Mr. Mimms
Gary Raymond ... Jared Olyphant
Philip Dunbar Philip Dunbar ... Alexander Marquee
Izabela Okrasa Izabela Okrasa ... Clarissa Van Aken
Grzegorz Kowalczyk ... Rolls Royce Driver
Dianna Camacho ... Hotel Clerk Imke
Deobia Oparei ... The Stranger
Grzegorz Emanuel ... Jonathan Look Alike
Przemyslaw Saleta ... Security Guard
Jan Jurewicz ... Man with Porsche
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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 davidgraham83@hotmail.com

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

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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USA | Poland

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Release Date:

20 June 2003 (South Korea) See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »

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$16,700,000 (estimated)
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The plane crash pictured in the newspaper that Cold was reading occurred in San Jose, Costa Rica on 16 January 2000. It killed five people. See more »

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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 »

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Merideth Van Aitken: Then you are a man of principle?
Jonathon Cold: Listen. Everybody's got their choice as to how they stay alive. Some of us just don't know it.
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The shape of things to come for Seagal,so it would seem
9 June 2003 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs

Steven Seagal should have got a better agent.After Exit Wounds miraculously went straight to number one at the US box office and temporarily restored his position as a top ranking Hollywood action star,his next step was not to go for a leading role in a film by another big name,Hollywood action director like John Woo or Michael Bay,or even his old aquaintance Andrew Davis,but to go to trashy,sloppy DTV action director Albert Pyun and appear in a supporting role in a Godawful piece of dreck by the name of Ticker.This,did,however,go straight to video (as just about every film Pyun's ever made has) and probably went unnoticed by the cinema going public.However,when the film Half Past Dead was released a year later,in which Mr.Ponytail co starred with gravel voiced rap midget Ja Rule,the gimmick appeared to have worn off,and the film,unlike EW which started the whole Seagal/rappers thing,was a mega flop.Maybe it had something to do with it being released on the same weekend as Harry Potter 2,but nevertheless,flop it was,and now,Seagal appears to have plummeted smack-bang right to the position his career was in five years ago with the straight-to-video action movie The Foreigner,a labourous,over-stylised dud that runs for 92 minutes,but ends up feeling more like 992.

This is probably owed more than anything to a totally incomprehensible plot,with too many thinly plotted twists,turns and red herrings in it to sustain interest.

Seagal's raspy voice has always seemed to prove a hinderance to any movie he's in,but he mumbles so badly at certain stages in this,even the highest pitched dolby pro logic sound system probably couldn't make him sound any more audible.

Aside from this,the movie,especially for a 15 certificate,is full of gratuitous violence,mainly in the form of graphic shootings,especially from the Dunoir character.There are some other rather grisly images too,but the shootings are certainly the most consistent.

Certain scenes have a nice visual flair,and the action's not bad,but overall,this is a ponderous mess that shows clearly the direction in which Seagal's star is falling.**


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