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Half Past Dead

Half Past Dead

In yet another attempt to regain the glory of past fame and power, Steven Seagal teams with a young rapper, Ja Rule, in an action adventure film of microscopic proportions.  What a shame to see an aging action hero counting on camera angle and IN SHAPE stunt people.

As usual we find Seagal as an undercover police officer that by bad luck is shot during a raid by his fellow officers.  In the hopes of getting deeper into the criminal organization, Seagal goes to jail with a former associate.  It is here in “new” Alcatraz prison that Seagal must leap into action to save a Supreme Court judge from death by a band of would be kidnappers.  Oddly enough the judge is not whom they intended to grab.  The intended victim was to be put to death for the deaths of treasury officers killed during the theft of 200 million in gold bars.  Though the deaths were in fact accidental due to a train derailment, the death sentence was decreed.  Interestingly enough the gold had never been found and Bruce Weitz (Animal from Street Blues) who is the man about to be executed still refuses to tell anyone where the gold is.

There is not much of a story here and the action is forced and fake.  One can only hope that Seagal will accept his age and perhaps star as an aging special operations agent grooming a replacement where his experience and humor get him through the day and not a feeble attempt to kick the ass of every bad guy who appears.  Seagal has a rather devoted following after films like the two Under Siege films and many others which he played the usual bad ass cop.  I am afraid that if he continues to try and get rappers turned actors as a ploy to get a younger audience, he will soon find himself doing ads for attorneys that chase ambulances for a living.

 
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