Steven Seagal (Above The Law) is John Hatcher an undercover enforcement agent who kills a hooker in the line of duty defending himself, but the guilt causes him to decide it’s time to retire. He confesses to a priest about sleeping with informants, taking drugs, making false evidence, whatever it took to catch the bad guy. He realizes he has become what he most despises, crooked. Hatcher returns to Chicago, his hometown only to discover a gang of Jamaicans selling crack to high school girls. He arrests one of the gang members after a barroom shoot-out only to have the gang retaliate when the gang-leader, Screw face (Basil Wallace) marks Hatcher & his family for death. His friend Max (Keith David) & informant Jimmy Fingers (Tony DiBenedetto, Analyze This) helps him hack his way through Screwface’s gang using whatever it takes to get the job done. Hatcher will do everything in his power….while being Marked For Death.
Special Agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta) is trigger-happy and leading rookie James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) on a high-speed shooting frenzy through the underworld during a CIA mission to foil a terrorist attack planned on the city of Paris. During their mission, Reese realizes he’s in over his head as the pair discovers that they are a target of the same group planning the attack. 48 hours to save the city, it’s either stop the terrorists or lose the city forever. If you want a movie that isn’t going to engage your mind, but take you away from your real-world problems than this is for you.
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Note that this review is for the Karate Kid/Karate Kid II Blu-ray Box Set.
Miyagi (Pat Morita) returns home to Okinawa for the first time in 45 years with Daniel (Ralph Macchio) as his father falls gravely ill. There he encounters his former love Yukie (Nobu McCarthy), the woman he left behind when he left for America. Daniel falls in love with her niece Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) just as two enemies emerge to challenge both couples’ happiness. Sato (Danny Kamekona), the man Yukie was arranged to be married to, seeks revenge against Miyagi for interfering. Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), is his vicious nephew who instantly dislikes Daniel. Together Miyagi and Daniel must face their foes and overcome them in their own ways. Karate Kid II features the 1986 Oscar-nominated song “Glory Of Love” by Peter Cetera.
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Joe’s Top Picks (& why you should buy!) –
1 – Band Of Brothers (Best war miniseries ever! Must-own for war movie fans, Speilberg & Tom Hanks fans and anyone with any sense. Buy It!…….Now!)
2 – The Enforcer/Sudden Impact (Sudden Impact = Dirty Harry at his best! Must-own)
3 – Clint Eastwood Collection 1968-2008 (Absolute Power, Dirty Harry, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, The Rookie, Unforgiven shall I go on???)
4 – Essential Eastwood Director’s Collection (Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Unforgiven cheaper than the above by nearly half the price and some damn fine titles!)
5 – Absolute Power (A very underestimated Eastwood flick. Eastwood+Hackman+Ed Harris=I’m so there! Buy this!)
6 – Bad Boys – (As much as I rag on Michael Bay this here is a fun movie. Worthy of a buy)
7 – The Rookie (What’s not to love? Eastwood & Charlie Sheen shine here, another underappreciated Eastwood flick that should be in your collection)
8 – Air Force One/In The Line Of Fire (These are here mostly for In The Line Of Fire an EXCELLENT Eastwood flick, Air Force One is good but more of a throw-in) and in a tie – Bram Stoker’s Dracula/The Grudge (This is a nice pairing of similar genre movies. A good pairing, nice price. I’d get it)
9 – I Know What You Did Last Summer/I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (I love the first one, as much as I loved that I HATED the sequel. Still with the pairing of the two at about the price you’d pay for the original alone, why not buy this?)
10 – Groundhog Day/Hitch – (The pairing of these two movies is what knocks this down to the last spot. Love Groundhog Day and Murray is at his best here. Hitch…well at least Groundhog day is worth buying. Didn’t see Hitch. Don’t want to)
Notable Mentions – War Of The Worlds (Not so much a fan here, but I’ll review it if Amazon sends it and go in with an open mind on my 2nd viewing of it maybe I’ll like it more on the 2nd go-around), Alice In Wonderland (Kiddies will eat this up. I read on Wiki that this drew in over $1,000,000,000+ worldwide up there with Titanic and below Avatar, just not my thing), The Wolfman (Didn’t see it, don’t know anyone who has, but I’ll have to rent it and see, love Anthony Hopkins though), Someone’s Knocking At The Door (looks interesting, but have to give it a rental), The Strangers (Steve Austin might be a far better wrestler, but his acting skills are pretty decent. I haven’t seen this, but I feel if it is anything like The Condemned it will at least be worthy of a rental), Wild Things: Foursome (I only mention this because a girl from my hometown of Reading, PA is in this so I’ll give my shout out here), The Gauntlet (Need to rent this, forget the movie it’s been so long),