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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hard hitting action and a quality production
Having enjoyed a return to form in the last few movies, I have been hoping that standards would not slip, and I have not been disappointed. This movie is another good outing for Seagal, who clearly relishes the role he plays, perhaps as there are moments when it is clear he is bringing some of his law enforcement presence and experience onto the screen.

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Published on 19 Oct. 2010 by NotJustACook

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Seagal Return To Form
Born To Raise Hell.

DVD Info.
Ratio: 16:9/1.78 : 1
Region 2
Certificate: 18
Running time 98 minutes

Cast.
Steven Seagal as Robert 'Bobby' Samuels
Dan Bădărău as Dimitri
Darren Shahlavi as Costel
D. Neil Mark as Steve
George Remeș as Ronnie
Claudiu Bleonț as Sorin...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hard hitting action and a quality production, 19 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Born To Raise Hell [DVD] (DVD)
Having enjoyed a return to form in the last few movies, I have been hoping that standards would not slip, and I have not been disappointed. This movie is another good outing for Seagal, who clearly relishes the role he plays, perhaps as there are moments when it is clear he is bringing some of his law enforcement presence and experience onto the screen.

The acting and action are at a good standard and most beneficial is a plot that moves at an acceptable pace and doesn't leave you scratching your head trying to keep up. Also, gone are the days of post production editing that leave the end product making little to no sense, and requiring voice overs from somebody who is obviously not Seagal. Lets hope those days are gone forever.

And lets face it, Seagal films are judged on the fight scenes as much as anything else. This film does not disappoint. There is even a scene in a restaurant which has no merit to the plot, and is clearly put in just to allow Seagal to beat two baddies senseless; we love it!! One is of course propelled through a large glass shelving unit that has no place in a restaurant. Bravo!! Most enjoyable is the fact that the direction of the fight scenes is much better; it is Seagal and not a stunt double (in the most part, obviously there have to be some exceptions). Best of all, it is classic Seagal; fast powerful and effective aiakido inspired close hand fighting, which is technically superb as well as great entertainment. And yes, there are hot girls a plenty.

Yes I am biased as a lifelong fan, but I would be quick to say if it was rubbish. This is a must for any Seagal fan, and anybody who enjoys a violent action film will enjoy this.

Watch out for some great one liners from Seagal too :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven Seagal Is Born To Raise Hell, He Is a Good Guy:, 3 Jun. 2012
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Merv "Clint" (Nr Doncaster England) - See all my reviews
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[03 June 2012, I like Seagal have got lot of is Film's I Like Him at all Times.]

I agree with Retalato from Norway, that (quote) this might be the greatest movie of all time. There is just not a single more perfect movie in existence as of today, "Born to raise hell" is a cinematic achievement of astronomically epic proportions.

This gritty, modern classic is most definitely a truly worthy winner of just about every Academy award this year, "Best animated movie" possibly being the sole exception.
Steven Seagal, toughest guy since Bruce Lee's DNA was spliced with that of Mike Tyson, characterizes the deeply tormented soul of Interpol-veteran Bobby with a sheer brilliance that makes de Niro in Taxi Driver look like Forest Whitaker in Battlefield Earth. Seagal portrays the inner demons his characters are struggling with in such a subtle and ingenious way that it baffles the mind how such a performance could go unnoticed.

With absolute classic gold dialogue like: "You're not supposed to hit a guy when im holding him" "You know, trust is not one of my more spectacular attributes" "You should be chasing terrorists over in Afghanistan, not here." "Already done that, now im over here having fun" "You see why I hate eating out?" Also, the Russian guy: "Midgets are a little short. Money should never be" The only remaining question is, will the Academy be able to ignore this accomplishment and pinnacle of human evolution? In good conscience, how could they? Will they take the easy route as usual, and go along with some unwarranted hype? This is a movie for the ages, and in the year 2050 we will look back at this revolutionary film in the same way we today look back at Citizen Kane - and that's a certainty (unquote).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars seagals best film for ages., 15 July 2012
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T. A. J. Leahy "tommygun" (croydon.surrey) - See all my reviews
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born to raise hell is seagals best film since the early 90s.its got everything violence/sex/gore.written by seagal he obviously used some of his lawman experiences in the story to great effect.there are some very well choreographed and violent hand to hand fight scenes which looks like seagal did himself.film goes along at a cracking pace and director lauro chartrand does a good job.the only bad point i can say about this film is something i dont quite understand.why does seagal use body and walking doubles.its clear to see all the time as the double is slim and the hair style is different.for example for every scene there are 2 camera angle shots one of seagal with camera in front and then the camera shot from behind you can clearly see its not seagal.also the long camera shots he uses a body double.the only thing i can think off is to get the film finished quicker or he is filming another scene for the film but it is very irritating to watch.overall hes best film for years
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Seagal Return To Form, 2 Sept. 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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Born To Raise Hell.

DVD Info.
Ratio: 16:9/1.78 : 1
Region 2
Certificate: 18
Running time 98 minutes

Cast.
Steven Seagal as Robert 'Bobby' Samuels
Dan Bădărău as Dimitri
Darren Shahlavi as Costel
D. Neil Mark as Steve
George Remeș as Ronnie
Claudiu Bleonț as Sorin
Mădălina Marinescu as Tami
Călin Puia as Christian
Zoltán Butuc as Dada

What's The Story.
After 9/11, the United States government realized that narcotics were responsible for financing the majority of terrorist cells. That's why they created the International Drug Task Force (IDTF). The IDTF task forces are fully funded & overseen by the United States government. They took their top narcotics officers & created interdiction teams throughout Asia & Eastern Europe.

Bobby Samuels heads an IDTF team in Bucharest, Romania. Six months ago, Bobby's partner was killed. Now, headquarters has sent him a new partner named Steve. Steve's wife is eight months pregnant & he’d really like to make it home to see the birth of his child.

Russian drug kingpin Dmitri has a wife & a young son, both of whom he holds sacred, & they are not aware of his drug business. Recently, Dimitri has formed a drug dealing partnership with Costel, a Romanian man who runs the Roma Ace, one of the most popular clubs in Bucharest.

Costel & his men specialize in home invasions as they invade wealthy people's homes, steal whatever loot they can get, & kill the family. During each invasion, Costel himself rapes & kills the wife as Costel owes Dimitri some money. Dimitri has threatened that Costel will die if he doesn't come up with the money.

Bobby & Steve are put on Costel's trail, and Bobby tries to get Dimitri to point them to Costel, but Dimitri is suspicious at first. After Bobby and Steve arrest Dimitri in an effort to get him to help them, Dimitri butts his head through a door window of their SUV & accuses Bobby and Steve of brutality. Dimitri gets released, & Bobby and Steve continue their hunt for Costel.

One night while Dimitri is away from his mansion, Costel & his men break into the mansion, & Costel's right-hand man Dada fatally shoots Dimitri's wife. Before Costel can kill Dimitri's son, Dimitri's men intervene, killing a couple of Costel's men as Costel & Dada escape.

Dimitri arrives at the mansion, learns what happened, & vows to make Costel & Dada pay. Dimitri's traumatized son describes his wife's shooter to him. Dimitri contacts Bobby & offers to help Bobby find Costel, if Bobby will let Dimitri handle Dada himself. Bobby agrees, & he, Steve & Dimitri set out to bring Costel & Dada down.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is one of Seagals better DTV movies as...
1)It contains minimal Seagal dubbing.
2)Very few Seagal stand ins.
3)Seagal is actually doing the fight sequences.

Born To Raise Hell contains the usual Seagal action fare but has some decent shootout sequences that were very well directed by Lauro Chartrand while the fight sequences are more brutal & harder hitting in this movie & the the story even features a half decent plot.

Darren Shalavi is an above average vicious villain named Costel while actor Dan Badaru plays a Romanian gangster named Dimitri who delivers a believable performance as a man determined to get revenge for the death of his wife & son.

Seagal also wrote the script on this film like he does on so many of his other movies & while theres nothing new to this film that you haven't already seen before in previous Seagal movies this at least has better production values & the leading man seems to be more engaged in this movie which had been lacking in recent Seagal efforts Attack Force & Against The Dark.

Overall, Born To Raise Hell is your typical Steven Seagal action movie & does what it says on the tin, delivers the usual Seagal movie ingredients of fistfights, gunfights, wisecracks with attitude & is definitely a Friday night beer & pizza lads movie.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars RAPING WOMEN BEFORE OR AFTER THEY'RE DEAD, 8 July 2013
This review is from: Born To Raise Hell [DVD] (DVD)
We watch Seagal films because the acting is bad, the dialouge is worse, and the plot twists have the complexity a granny knot. Seagal plays a special international DEA agent who seeks revenge for the death of his partner, something we don't know anything about as there is absolutely no character build-up or introduction, a characteristic of Seagal's fine precise writing ability.

Seagal is in Bucharest, Romania according to the writing on the screen. They also use the same font to run their credits (Highlight, right click, font, click, then change). The Russian mafia is manufacturing and fronting drugs to the Romanians, who in turn use beautiful women to mule these drugs all over Europe. Apparently their airport security is like ours and only pat down old people. Seagal has a new partner who he verbally abuses. The Romanian mafia also does home break-ins where they rob people and then rape and kill women, not necessarily in that order. (The Russian mafia is civilized and don't approve of that behavior.)

Special effects include speeding up the scene, slowing down the scene, shooting a still, and making everything blurry. While other movies do this also, this film tended to overdue the effect to the point of being annoying. The music got a little hard-core as the film flirted with a few grindhouse techniques. It was almost as if someone described what a grindhouse movie was to Seagal, and he decided to make one having never seen one.

Seagal utilizes a stooly who looks like a cross between Joe Pesci and Vlad the Impaler. In the movie and IMDB Seagal's name is Bobby Samuels. My DVD box says he is Samuel Axel.

Seagal has a girlfriend in this movie, who he lectures as if she is four years old. They have a weird love/sex scene where she gets naked and he keeps his clothes on...which may be a good thing.

Nudity, sex?, rape, f-bomb and some dry humor lines from Seagal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars decent enough addition to the franchise, 30 Mar. 2013
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Another addition to the ongoing franchise that is straight to DVD Steven Seagal films. This one won't win any new converts, but within its limits is well put together and effective. The location shooting in Rumania is good, except for a couple of obvious stage sets, the actors are unfamiliar but convincing, cinematography and score are decent enough. Obviously the bulk of the film is devoted to Seagal. He has a unique martial arts style of standing still while younger and fitter assailants variously trip over him and hurt themselves. He applies a similar technique to love-making, in the most disturbing scene where the character I thought was his daughter or granddaughter, turns out to be his girlfriend and gets naked and frisky with a fully clothed Seagal.

The film has decent pacing, none of the action is the most amazing you have ever seen, but it keeps coming. Seagal also wrote the screenplay, hence the improbably young lover, and the series of characters telling him what a swell bloke he is, but that apart it is a decent enough script. In fact there are some amusing characters, particularly the long haired informer, who really could have been given more screen time.

If you want a trashy version of Taken, then you could do a lot worse than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better, 19 Jan. 2012
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As a Seagal fan, I must admit I do find some of his more recent work tired and boring. I recently watched Driven to Kill and enjoyed it and Kill Switch which I thought was amazing. In this film, we see a return to the norm of Seagal back in Europe fighting drug lords and gangsters. The plot is simple and the fight scenes are very well done.

A note to Blu Ray buyers. The picture quality is a framed 1080p transfer which will fit 16:9 tvs perfectly. It is clear and well worth the upgrade from DVD. The sound is good but not as vibrant as Kill Switch [Blu-ray].

Well worth the money!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Born to Rise Hell, 31 Jan. 2011
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A good Seagal film, filled with action and the usual seagal humour. I was happy to buy this dvd and it did not dissapoint!
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2.0 out of 5 stars a poor seagal thiller, 23 Aug. 2013
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hell bent on revenge no just the usual gun battle film, seagal is an interrpol agent ,the mission drug rings and countrie problems in the typical no good film. I hate it , stunt doubles and voice doubles and the fights acceeptable but not a hardore movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars brill movie recommend it, 14 Jun. 2014
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Looooveee it. Segal in yet another kickass movie. Brilliant action packed bone snappin movie :-) o yeah! If you like these types of movies then ur love it.
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