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Genre: Action/Crime
Starring: Steven Seagal, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Paul Calderon, Mark Elliot Wilson, Lance Henriksen
Director: Roel Reine
Rating: M18 (Violence & Sexual Scenes)
Year Made: 2008




- Deleted Scene
- Alternate Ending



Languages: English/Spanish/
Subtitles: English/Spanish/
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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The only man who has Matt's back is married to his ex-wife and has legal custody of his daughter. Even worse, Matt's heavy drinking and excessive gambling continually ruin his attempts to be a decent father. Matt gets a chance at a fresh start when a mysterious old man buys up all of his outstanding gambling debts. However, in return he must pledge his absolute loyalty and use his talents to kill the city's most notorious criminals. Matt must learn the politics of the underworld and grapple with his role as hired muscle. He soon realizes that there is more going on than meets the eye.


The title sounds like a cheap porno flick and the heavily photoshopped cover of the DVD has the leading man holding what else other than a pistol. You see, Steven Seagal is not a man who is known for his subtlety and it shows even before you pop the disc into the player.

Seagal plays Matt Connor, an ex-cop who incurred mountain high gambling debts and is being approached by “the old man” to dispatch off the city’s notorious criminals, handing out justice in their own way. Matt has no way to turn “the old man” down as he’s the only one who can help clear Matt’s debts and mend his relationship with his daughter.

Similar to one of his many straight-to-video productions, Seagal displays his one-man killing machine’s ability to the fullest. If you are looking for a decent plotting, “Pistol Whipped” does have a proper setup. There are some half-baked characters development so don’t expect anything from say “The Departed”, the story is simply setup for Seagal to karate chops his way through and shoots his targets with immerse accuracy.

Unlike his previous efforts which have dubious voice dubbing and unconvincing body doubles, this is considerable a better Seagal’s headed production. At least we can still recognize Seagal during the fights sequences. Director Roel Reine is no John Woo and his direction for the shoot out in the finale is best rated as “John Woo inspired”.

Steven Seagal won’t be making much of a comeback with movies such as “Pistol Whipped” although he was once huge (I’m not referring to his current weight per se) in the nineties. But it’s substantial enough to fill in the gaps for the next action blockbuster at the video stores.


The DVD comes with a deleted scene (a dialogue exchange between Seagal and Renee Goldsbury) and an alternate ending. There are some obligatory trailers on Sony titles and a promo Blu-ray reel as well.


The transfer on the whole is gritty and soft. It could be intentional from the filmmakers but can be hard on the eyes to figure out during the darker sequences. For instance, it might be hard to see Lance Henriksen as “the old man” as he appears frequently in shadows.

The 5.1 audio is decent enough especially during the shootouts, car chase which didn’t disappoint.



Review by Linus Tee


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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