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In Hell (2003) (Blu-ray) (Region 2) (Import)
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Denmark released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Kyle LeBlanc is an American working overseas in Russia. When he hears his wife being attacked over the phone, Kyle rushes home to find that he's too late. The man who killed his wife is found not guilty on lack of evidence. So Kyle takes the law into his own hands, and kills the man to avenge his wife's death. He is sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Russian prison he is sent to is tough, and the warden amuses himself by putting on fights where he fills his pockets with money by betting on the fights. Kyle begins to break and go crazy, so he is forced into these fights because the warden knows he is a sure thing. Kyle's cellmate 451 begins to make him think what he fights for. With that, Kyle knows now he must fight another battle: the fight for inner peace. It is the only way he can become the man he once was. ...In Hell ( Security Housing Unit (The S.H.U.) ) (Blu-Ray)
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Kyle LeBlanc (Van Dammage on fine form) is working in Russia when his wife is murdered. Once the killer is set free on a technicality, Kyle is incensed and takes the law into his own hands - gunning him down. Things don't get better for our hero as he's sent to a prison where a sadistic warden amuses himself by putting on fights between the inmates. As Kyle slides deeper and deeper into the maddened culture of his surroundings, his humanity is tested to the limit and with real screentime development (which is a first for this subgenre), he's forced to reckon with not only his animalistic nature, but also the last remaining semblance of peace within himself. Before its too late.
This SHOULD be a dreadful film: Its direct to video, has a low budget and a story we've seen a million times before. But lo and behold, its truly not. Fused with an amazingly honest performance from Van Dammage and tight as a drum direction by Lam - the film makes you actually feel the plight of the character. Van Dammage is both honest and raw (way before his standout turn in 'JCVD') and one cannot help but feel for his characters' demise as the film progresses... Kudos also to the supporting cast who add layers to Van Dammages' tormented hero. Eric James Virgets and Jorge Alvarez's screenplay evokes the lean masculinity of Walter Hill and Sam Pekinpah - yet never shortchanges the audience with just another 'Kickboxer' clone.
Sony's UK DVD sports a good transfer with fine audio, yet little to no extra features. All in all, this movie delivers the macho goods like no other and I'm surprised its not treated with higher regard. Maybe worth a revisit for older fans and certainly recommended for newer converts to the order of Van Dammage. Well worth the time.
The plot is simplicity extreme, Van Damme stars as Kyle LeBlanc, who along with his wife is residing in Russia due to work commitments. His wife is raped and murdered and Kyle is aghast as the Russian courts free the culprit on technicalities and bribery sweeteners. He's not having that so promptly guns down the man and gets sent to a hell hole prison for life. Here violence and sexual assault are the order of the day, with the governor happy to put on brutal fights to the death purely for his, and his friends, entertainment. Kyle is not a violent man but he's forced to become violent just to survive.
Yes it's a pretty formulaic as it sounds, you could run thru about ten prison based movies and find the best bits of them used in here. But it does work because of Van Damme's character. He's a good man thrust into a violent world, he gets bullied, he gets desperate, he is out of his depth. It's here that the film differs in the Belgian's career, for he doesn't flex his martial arts muscles, there's no high kick, slow-mo set pieces here. This sees him fighting normal man style, and this only after going thru a Rocky Balboa type training regime. As expected, the fight scenes are violent and Van Damme is immensely competent executing them. Hell! There's even religious and spiritual metaphors in here! I kid you not. In Hell is a must for action film fans, and certainly a must for Van Damme fans who gave up on him by the late 1990s. You will not be surprised by how the plot unfolds, and a couple of corny scenes drop in to say hello (ghost visitations, dear me) but you hopefully will be surprised at Van Damme's performance. And of course there's always some serious buttock kicking action to chew on as well. 7/10
Brief synopsis: A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the wardens' entertainment.
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