Belly Of The Beast [DVD]
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Former C.I.A. operative Jack Hopper (Steven Seagal) is on his way to retirement when he hears that his daughter is in trouble. Abu Karaf, a notorious terrorist group have kidnapped her and the C.I.A. have taken immediate action to rescue her. But as a man who has never been known to stick to the rules, Hopper believes that in thiscase there are no rules and launches his own rescue bid..
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I can honestly say now, that I have never laughed so hard whilst watching a film. This is at once, the funniest and most ridiculous film I have ever seen, but is all the better for it. It defines the phrase 'so bad it's good', and is guaranteed to have even the most cynical movie watcher sniggering.
No one can take Seagal as a serious actor, apart from maybe in 'Nico', but here even he manages to out-act the majority of the cast. The plot, dialogue and action scenes are purely ridiculous, but to such an extent that you cannot help but enjoy it. Lines such as 'Next time, it is you that will be the apple' will stay in your mind long after you watch this movie, and scenes such as the one in which the mysterious woman reveals a hidden message using water, will bring a smile to your face every time you think about them.
To sum it up, this film is great, in an absolutely terrible way. It has everything you could want; Badly edited fight scenes in which no attempt is made to disguise Seagal's body double, ninjas with swords, monks in a wind tunnel, nudity and unknown actors desperately trying to break into the industry.
Don't get me wrong, although this is an awful film, it is still immensely entertaining and has found a place in my heart. Suffice to say that we no longer just have Steven Seagal nights, we have Belly of the Beast nights! Highly recommended viewing.
There are some lovely girls and even a girl who turns out to be a man who Seagal dispatches.As a seagal fan this was a must but even non fans will love this movie.
... Anyway! The Lord stars as Jake Hopper, a retired CIA operative mourning the loss of his late wife in an idyllic solitude - keeping his hand in by doing the odd piece of business for and ex-agency friend. When said buddy arrives to inform him that his daughter Jessica (Sara Malakul Lane) has been kidnapped by a terrorist group, Abu Karaf whilst holidaying in Thailand - our man takes it upon himself to apply his particular set of skills 'Taken stylee' and decimate anyone who's involved in her capture. Sure he takes his time and seemingly spends a large portion of the movie in strip clubs or punching folk, but hey? We know he will save her. At some point. When he's ready. Erm... With Hopper on firm vigilante duty, the CIA are on his case and he's forced to hook up with old sparring partner Sunti (an excellent Byron Mann) who aids him in a cool 'Lethal Weapon' style buddy movie trope as they both shoot, kick, smash and generally destroy half of Thailand with enough blood and bullets to quench the thirst of even the most jaded action junkie...Read more ›
There obviously hasn't been any attempt at coming up with an interesting story, its just an excuse to have massive gun fights and punch ups, which in my opinion is what Steven Seagal is best at anyway.
To me Steven Seagal is taking the micky out of himself in this film. It has all the stereotypical elements of his past films such as ridiculous odds of survival and exaggerated action scenes (what I find the most funny is when Steven Seagal dives through the wall of a train in slow motion on to a conveniently placed wooden pallet, constantly shooting for about 5 minutes without a single reload).
I think the fight scenes are great, but its not just Aikido he's using here which means more variety.
If you like Steven Seagal, buy this film, just buy it.
The copy of the DVD was very good. And it arrived in quick time.
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ANOTHER FILM WHERE MR SEAGAL'S DAUGHTER IS KIDNAPPED - THIS TIME HE'S IN THAILAND AND TAKES OUT THE POLICE FORCE . I LOVE THE PART WHEN HE LEATHERS À LADYBOY !
HA ! Read more