No-Holds-Barred in a prison in which everything is aloud. This is one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's best action films and one of his serious roles. It is mixed with action, mystery and horror elements. The screenplay was written was by David S. Goyer who was a student at college at the time. It has a few kick-ass fight scenes in the film. This is my number 1 favorite prison film I don't know a lot of prison movies, I only know: Death Warrant this one, In Hell another Van Damme vehicle, but that is more a drama movie. The Shawshank Redemption and of course Jackie Chan's The Prisoner aka Island on Fire.
Death Warrant is a MILES way better movie than The Prisoner aka Island on Fire, because in "The Prisoner", Jackie Chan is not the lead role, he is not much in the movie, he is more a support lead and his character is killed off. Death Warrant is one of my personal favorite Van Damme movies.
I am a number 1 Jean-Claude Van Damme fan for life, I love this guy to death and I love this movie to death. I love, love, love so much. The movie is about a ritual murders set in prison in which a horror elements kicks in. Who is doing the murders, killing inmates and why. The film has a lot of horror elements in it and I love the third action, which undercover detective (Van Damme) discovers the shocking truth. Louis Burke (Van Damme) is undercover cop who goes undercover to investigate a series of inmate murders at Harrison Penitiatry. Posing as a prisoner, Burk encounters brutal inmates, corrupt guards, death and betrayal at every turn.
I love Van Damme in the opening scene kicking two guys ass. Three guys attacks Van Damme and he asks them what is the problem? than he says "I am busy scram", one of the muggers pulls a knive and Van Damme knocks one with a leg the other with an elbow. Goes in facility alone and shoots Christian 'The Sandman' Naylor (Patrick Kilpatrick) with a gun. Van Damme in prison jumps and uses a spin kick on Perez (Paulo Tocha). Perez and Bruce (Al Leong) attacks Van Damme in a laundry room by the washing machines, Van Damme breaks angle broom and using a stick to defend him self against Bruce. He uses his martial arts, using a knee, kicks Bruce in the ribs and punches Bruce in the balls, than with an open hand in the face and pushes him away. Van Damme uses his legs kicking those 2 guys to pieces. I love the finale in which Van Damme fights the Sandman, the Sandman opens the hot boiler rom yelling "Welcome to Hell" Van Damme jumps like Bruce Lee and hits with his leg the Sandman in the fire hot boiler. Sandman in fire jumps out of furnace and you see all the make up effects for Patrick Kilpatrick. I love the scene in prison in which Konefke (Conrad Dunn) tell's Van Damme to strip and Van Damme almost breaks his arm.
Good movie decent prison action movie with excellent music theme from Gary Chang who made music for The Perfect Weapon with Jeff Speakman and Under Siege. I love the soundtrack playing on the end of the film Bring Me a Dreamby Gary Chang I love the song. Deran Sarafian directed wonderful this film. Cynthia Gibb as Amanda Beckett was gorgeous and sexy as Burke's love interest. I love the escape scene. My favorite Van Damme film of all time, I love Jean-Claude Van Damme to death, I grew up watching his movies.
Action / Crime / Mystery / Thriller
Action / Crime / Mystery / Thriller
The Canadian policeman Louis Burke is assigned in a jail to investigate some murders of prisoners and jailors. When in jail, Lois, using his outstandings martial arts, is able to save his life and make himself respected in that violent world. At last, helped by two another prisoners, he succeeds in finding the truth about the dreadful crimes.
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