Half Past Dead

Half Past Dead

Don Michael Paul (2002)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Sporting a few extra pounds and at least one extra chin, Steven Seagal fails to convince here as an undercover FBI agent sent to the "New Alcatraz". Once in the hi-tech prison, Seagal finds himself at the centre of a hostage situation when a group called "the 49ers" - presumably not the American football team - break in so they can interrogate a death-row inmate regarding the whereabouts of $200 million in gold. Seagal copes with this by leaping through the air, shooting as he goes and grunting derisively whenever conversation with his sidekick (rapper Ja Rule) is required. Writer/director Don Michael Paul brings no credible suspense to the film, simply overloading it with action to compensate for the lack of style or coherence. Made with tongue firmly in cheek, this might have worked - but Seagal takes himself far too seriously. Disastrously, he expects us to do so as well.

Summary

Hi-tech crooks storm New Alcatraz jail, intent on freeing a death-row inmate who knows the whereabouts of $200million in gold bullion, but have reckoned without the intervention of a hardened FBI agent, who is working undercover as a prisoner to infiltrate gangster operations. Action adventure, starring Steven Seagal, Morris Chestnut, Ja Rule and Nia Peeples.

Cast & Crew

Sascha Petrosevitch Steven Seagal
Donny / 49er One Morris Chestnut
Nick Frazier Ja Rule
49er Six Nia Peeples
The warden, El Fuego Tony Plana
Twitch Kurupt
Little Joe Michael "Bear" Taliferro
EZ Williams Claudia Christian
Supreme Court Justice June McPherson Linda Thorson
Lester Bruce Weitz
Director Don Michael Paul
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 May 2003
Drama