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A Good Man (2014)

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A man leaves special forces and hides away as handyman in Bucharest. He befriends two sisters living next door. When the Russian mob threatens them, he takes action.

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Keoni Waxman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Steven Seagal ... Alexander
Victor Webster ... Sasha
Iulia Verdes ... Lena
Tzi Ma ... Mr. Chen
Sofia Nicolaescu ... Mya
Claudiu Bleont Claudiu Bleont ... Vladimir
Ana Adelaida Perjoiu Ana Adelaida Perjoiu ... Maria
Ovidiu Niculescu ... Pavel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrei Aradits Andrei Aradits ... Owner
Ron Balicki ... Polanski
Radu Bânzaru ... Priest
Massimo Dobrovic ... Roberto
Bogdan Farkas Bogdan Farkas ... Aleksey
Elias Ferkin Elias Ferkin ... Li Wey
Oltin Hurezeanu Oltin Hurezeanu ... Vladimir Fat Guard
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After an illustrious special ops career ends in disaster, Alexander (Seagal) goes off the grid and attempts to lead a quiet life as a handyman at an apartment complex in Romania. But when one of his tenants and her family fall under the thumb of a local gangster, Alexander is dragged into an all-out war between rival Chinese and Russian gangs; forcing him to not only defend the family, but bringing him face to face with an old foe, and giving him one more chance to reconcile his past. Written by Keoni Waxman

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Rated R for violence including some grisly images, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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USA

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English | Chinese | Romanian | Arabic | Russian

Release Date:

19 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Good Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Keoni Waxman and Binh Dang initially conceived of the story as a direct sequel to their previous film, Force of Execution (2013). Steven Seagal suggested some key changes to his character to make him unique from the one he played in the aforementioned movie. See more »

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At the end of the movie, Sasha, Mya and the dog are near to a car, opening doors. Behind them, we can see 2 guys coming in the background. In the next wide shot, these 2 guys have suddenly disappeared. See more »

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Alexander: You know, it takes the IQ of a mature caterpillar to know the difference between the staff and the dancers. You understand?
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Follows Force of Execution (2013) See more »

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The Rescue of Lena
Written and Performed by Brian Jackson Harris, Justin Raines, and Michael Wickstrom
Administered by Atlantic Screen Group - CASWORLDWIDE (BMI), and CASADMIN LTD (ASCAP)
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A decent B-movie actioner, and an improvement over FORCE OF EXECUTION
11 October 2014 | by brchthethirdSee all my reviews

Steven Seagal returns to the screen in this story about a former black ops warrior who gets caught in between Russian and Chinese gangs in order to save the sister of his neighbor, whose brother is in debt to the Russian mob. Truth be told, while one could call this a Steven Seagal movie, his character occupies a position that simultaneously is and isn't the center of the story (much like his previous effort FORCE OF EXECUTION). However, unlike FORCE OF EXECUTION, the story is better, more thought out and has better action sequences. Even the acting is better this time around, which is a plus. Story-wise, Seagal plays a variation on the character he plays in almost every movie he makes: that of the reluctant hero. He puts himself into a self-imposed retirement after a terrorist hit goes wrong, and a young girl dies while one of the bad guys gets away. Cut to the present day, and he's living a quiet life in Eastern Europe. His neighbor (Iulia Verdes) works at a strip bar (but she's just a bartender) run by the Russian mob while her half-brother (Victor Webster) pays off a debt owed by his father. However, when some men are killed and money meant for the Chinese mob goes missing, the neighbor's little sister is kidnapped and Alexander (Seagal) goes back into action. I thought that the story, while nothing original at all, was at least executed rather well within the confines of what constitutes a Seagal movie. The performances were also decent for this type of movie, with Tzi Ma probably doing the best out of the cast. Also of note is the improved fight sequences, which aren't completely edited to hell this time. The camera-work still has a hand-held feel to it, but the action is more comprehensible than a lot of Seagal's recent DTV output and you can tell that it's him a lot more of the time. They also varied the types of fighting. Sure, they had the typical gunplay and close quarters hand-to-hand combat, but Seagal also got to use a short sword for several scenes which was a nice change of pace (and provided some gruesome kills). Still, as always it wasn't all great. This movie was filmed on the cheap in Romania and it shows in the bleak cinematography and sparse sets. There was also some digital augmentation in a few scenes that stuck out pretty badly, and a couple of obvious uses of stock footage that wasn't at the same quality as the movie itself. And while some might count this as a positive, there was a bunch of gratuitous nudity which was only in there because some scenes happened to take place in a bar. There's also an awkward "sex" scene with Steven Seagal and Iulia Verdes which could have been left out completely. When all is said and done, Seagal fans should be pleased, as this is a return to form of sorts, at least when limited to his DTV work. As always, though, everyone else should probably find something else to watch.


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