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Driven to Kill (2009)

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


Jeff King (as Jeff F. King)


Mark James




Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Ruslan
Mike Dopud ... Boris
Igor Jijikine ... Mikhail Abramov
Robert Wisden ... Terry Goldstein
Inna Korobkina ... Catherine
Zak Santiago ... Detective Lavastic
Andrew Rasputin ... Alex (as Alexander Rafalski)
Evgeniy Lazarev ... Bartender (as Eugene Lazarev)
Laura Mennell ... Lanie
Aleks Paunovic ... Tony
Ingrid Torrance ... Detective Norden
Sergey Nasibov ... Ilya (as Sergei Nasibov)
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Stephan Abramov
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe ... Tanya (as Crystal Lowe)
Daniel Cudmore ... Young Guy


A former Russian mobster named Ruslan, who is now a crime novelist, returns home and discovers his daughter is marrying his arch nemesis. His past also comes back to haunt him when his family is threatened. Hungry for justice, Ruslan returns to the life he once knew...with a vengeance. Written by anon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They took his daughter. So he's taking them down. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence throughout, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Inna Korobkina plays the mother of Laura Mennell but in real life she is almost a year younger than Mennell. See more »


The .38 that the weapons dealer gives Ruslan has no hammer, but when he is getting ready to take his second shot you hear him pulling back the hammer. See more »


Words and Music by David Steele (as Dave Steele)
Sung by David Steele (as Dave Steele)
Courtesy Smudgedink Music
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User Reviews

Seagal's Best Straight To DVD Feature!
1 November 2009 | by gangstahippieSee all my reviews

Driven to Kill(aka Ruslan) is the latest Steven Seagal film.Like all his other films for the past 7 years, this is once again a straight to DVD feature.Now by hearing this, you would not expect much after seeing that the majority of the newer Seagal films suck.However there are a few exceptions such as "Urban Justice", "Pistol Whipped" and this film, which in my opinion is not only his best straight to DVD film, but it ranks up there with his classics from the 90's.The acting is not all that great, and I did not find Seagal to be that bad of an actor back in his "Under Siege" days.Here, he sports a semi-Russian accent which is not very convincing.The acting from the others, especially the Russian mobster is fairly good though.The film is about a retired Russian mobster, who is now a novelist.After his wife is killed and his daughter is injured in an assassination of sorts, Seagal reverts back to his old ways and tries to find out who did this.The plot may not be the best but the most important thing about Seagal films is the action! In this category, it does not disappoint.I'm actually surprised it was Rated 14A in Canada because this is easily one of Seagal's bloodiest films.We also see Seagal use aikido again, as in we see him breaking people bones! Any fan of Seagal should check this movie out!

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English | Russian

Release Date:

19 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruslan See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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