Steven Seagal, meanwhile, has done everything to drive his reputation as an action star against the wall. “Exit Wounds – Die Copjäger” from 2001, which is now available as a Netflix subscription, is the last Seagal hit worth seeing for DashFUN editor Pascal.
If you disregard his appearance in Robert Rodriquez’ “Machete” a little, since this was primarily a Danny Trejo vehicle, then I have to say it so clearly: Steven Seagal hasn’t delivered a truly viable action film in over twenty years. That’s a pity because the aikido master caused quite a stir in the 1990s with “Nico”, “Deadly Revenge”, “Deadly Revenge” and last but not least “Alert Level: Red”.
With the beginning of the 2000s, however, Steven Seagal’s career began to nosedive, and not just for me. “Exit Wounds – Die Copjäger” from 2001 is the last big gasp before descending into the direct-to-DVD swamp with junk like “Out For A Kill”, “Submerged” or “Attack Force”. The action hit by Andrzej Bartkowiak is now available in the uncut FSK 18 version as a Netflix subscription.
The fact that “Exit Wounds” still proves to be a fast-paced, sometimes heavily choreographed action snack is down to director Andrzej Bartkowiak. The Polish filmmaker was able to prove himself as a cameraman on “Falling Down”, “Lethal Weapon 4” or “Speed” before staging his first feature film “Romeo Must Die” – and proving his acting skills once again. “Exit Wounds” is no exception and is primarily classic genre cinema, which is characterized by a pleasant lack of frills and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
That’s what “Exit Wounds” is about
Detective Orin Boyd (Steven Seagal) is a merciless operative with a lot on his plate and is sent to the worst police station in all of Detroit for his recent misconduct. But Boyd doesn’t even think about letting himself down at his new job and doesn’t give up the fight against injustice and the widespread corruption among his colleagues.
In order to be able to finally clean up, he enters into an unusual alliance. Teaming up with notorious drug dealer Latrell Walker (hip-hop star DMX), the unlikely duo becomes increasingly entangled in a deadly conspiracy that will take Boyd and Walker to the highest echelons of police headquarters.
In addition to “Exit Wounds,” there is also another Netflix newcomer, which is also characterized by a lot of brute hit-and-run action…
Also new to Netflix
In 2008, the Death Row action board was indexed. So if the film was broadcast somewhere – be it on TV or with a streaming provider – it was usually in a version censored by four minutes. In October 2019, however, rehabilitation took place and the unabridged version of “Die Todeskandidaten” was given an FSK 18 rating. The thriller starring Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones is now available on Netflix in its entirety.
And that’s what it’s about: Multi-millionaire Breckel (Robert Mammone) is a brilliant businessman and has already amassed a huge fortune. But Breckel wants more and more money and has come up with a particularly perfidious Internet spectacle for this: Users who are willing to pay can watch on a special page how ten former prison inmates who were doomed to death tear each other apart until only one of them is left. Breckel bought the candidates who have to compete against each other on a lonely island from various prisons.
Explosive tapes attached to the body of the ex-con should help the serious criminals to fight. Because after 30 hours they explode. Here Jack Conrad (Steve Austin), the psychopathic ex-elite soldier McStarley (Vinnie Jones), the Japanese fighting machine Saiga (Masa Yamaguchi), Kreston Mackie (Marcus Johnson), and Yasantwa (Emelia Burns) meet…