Death Warrant details
|Starring:||Art La Fleur, Hank Stone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Art Lafleur, George Dickerson, Robert Guillaume, Patrick Kilpatrick, Cynthia Gibb|
|Run time:||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||09 Jul 2001|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
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Oh dearBy Ruairi from Bedfordshire , 25 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Sadly, this is not one of Van Damme's best. It is, however, the most blatantly homosexual of his films (excluding that gay soft-core movie he did a long time ago, but he had a big pink car in that, which was pretty manly. Or perhaps not) featuring some very sympathetic macho gays.
Our Jean goes undercover in prison basically, and from the moment he arrives, everybody wants to have forceful sex with him, apart from one dude who lives in the boiler room with a harem of transexuals. There's a ridiculously one-dimensional female love interest, but her character may as well have been called Smokescreen. There's some fairly average fight sequences too, but ultimately this is one for the guys. Who like guys.
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"Wakey wakey Burke it's time to bleed".By dickjones (5 reviews) from London , 17 Apr 2010This was David S Goyer's (screenwriter of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) first successfully sold screenplay. This fact coupled with a strong recommendation from a friend left me anticipating a well structured action thriller.
Van Damme plays Detective Burke an ex-royal Canadian Mountie who agrees to head up an undercover investigation into a string of unexplained deaths at Harrison State Prison. Once incarcerated under the guise on an armed robber, Van Damme must quickly solve the mystery of the multiple homicides while battling to stay alive.
As with all Van Damme films it's obligatory to show a number of different fight scenes and this film doesn't break the mould in that respect. Where it does differ is in the extravagant and extremely violent methods of disposal undertaken by Van Damme and his various enemies. The film is shot well enough and although it tries to capture the dark, dank world of prison life you can't help feeling at times the set is more akin to an elaborate village people video rather than the inner workings of a violent unforgiving high security prison. The plot rumbles along as predicted and there are no real surprises there. However the highlight of the film for me is Burkes nemesis 'The Sandman' played by Patrick Kilpatrick. Preternaturally tough, seriously imposing and the harbinger of classic quotes like 'Wakey wakey burke it's time to bleed!' he provides a formidable foe for Van Damme, and throughout the film you do look forward to the inevitable showdown between the two.
Overall a film that promises much but ends up being just slightly too formulaic for me.
Normal J C V-D stuffBy Lelboy (269 reviews) from East London , 26 Jun 2009This is pretty typical fayre from the Van Damme outfit - you either like them or you don't.
If you don't, then why watch them, if you do, as I do, then enjoy them for what they are; 'escapist, violent nonsense' would describe them and why not - they provide entertainment as they are supposed to.
I wonder what the fixation that RUAIRI - a previous reviewer - has with homosexuality? Why would one labour on about perceived homo-eroticism when you are just reviewing an action film: the mind boggles
GreatBy BigMikeyG (4 reviews) from Upminster, Essex , 27 Mar 2009This is my fav JCVD film that I have seen so far. If you like a gritty prison based action flick then this is for you.
it was okay film, not the best i have seen.By a customer from suffolk,england , 02 Mar 2009was okay film, not the best i have seen, part from that not bad.
CrapBy a customer from Crumlin , 26 Oct 2008Havnt seen this film in 10 years or so. Not as good as i thought it would be, i thought it was better when i seen it then, obviously not. Jean claude gets a beaten most of the way through the film until the end were he kicks ass. The film shoulda had alot more action especially with it being set in a jail. useless directors