Cast: Steven Seagal, Laura Mennell, Mike Dopud, Igor Jijikine, Aleks Paunovic
A former Russian mobster named Ruslan, who is now a crime novelist, returns home and discovers his daughter is marrying his arch nemesis. His past also comes back to haunt him when his family is threatened. Hungry for justice, Ruslan returns to the life he once knew...with a vengeance.
Any fan of movies knows by now that Steven Seagal seems to put out a new movie every month and that was starting to be a bad thing. I have nothing against straight to video releases in fact I tend to find the Independent movies to be more entertainment but Seagal's movies have really gotten bad over time. For the first time in what seems like forever he does not play a cop, iN DTK he is a former Russian mobster who goes home to attend his daughter's wedding only to find out she is marrying into the family of his former nemesis. When a attack happens before the wedding it leaves his daughter clinging to life and in order to keep her safe and get to the bottom of who is responsible he lets everyone believe that she was killed in the attack. That is the straight forward plot, nothing new or ground breaking but this ends up being his best film in a very long time. Yes there is flaws but compared to his last effects this is a winner. There is no voice dubbing or body doubles used like in other movies he has been in, instead the film played out to his strengths which was a smart movie and even more realistic considering what some of his characters were doing in past movies. I recommend this to any fan of action and such movies as "Taken" and Seagal's own "Hard to Kill". The pace,cinematography and music are all a step in the right direction and the fight scenes are exciting and very well done. There is still a lot of room for improvement but for once we get a film that isn't a laughable mess. I was never a real big fan of Mr. Seagal but I have to give him credit here for making a good action flick that that I am sure will please any fan of genre. Director, Jeff King does a good job on this compared to his last movie with Seagal "Kill Switch". This isn't going to win anyone any awards but for a DTV title I have to say I was pretty impressed and I was never once bored and was entertained from the start of the film to the end. Driven To Kill is an old school action film that delivers on what it promises and for that I recommend giving this one a chance. Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. *** 1/2 Out Of *****