Driven to Kill (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Thriller
Fox || NR - 98 minutes - $29.99 || May 19, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-05-28


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Jeff King
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Steven Seagal


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Yes, itís that time again folks. Your favorite Steven Seagal reviewer, me, has the opportunity yet again to tell you about his latest direct-to-BD film, Driven to Kill. Itís not quite up to par with his past movies, but it still gets the job done. For those who donít know, Seagal runs around for the duration of the film and kills everyone he comes into contact with trying to find something or someone. Also, when he does kill someone, he always has a witty line or retort that makes me nearly die from laughing. So letís get onto the mayhem and carnage.

Ruslan (Steven Seagal) is sitting in a cafť with some hot girl. She begs him to show him the magic trick with the spike and fill her in on how he does it. She says that if he tells her the secret then sheíll sleep with him along with her friend. He says okay, and she pulls out three plastic cups and puts a spike underneath one of them. The woman rearranges the cups and tells him to shut his eyes while she does so, and lets him open them a short time later. He raises his hands in the air and slams them down on the two cups that didnít have the spike in it, and she is amazed at his talent. She asks him how he knew which one didnít have the spike underneath it, and he says he didnít. Ruslan says that he just ďdidnít give a ****.Ē I know, thatís the opening scene to the film and already a hilarious line, it gets better from there, trust me.

Ruslan gives his daughter a gift from his mother for the wedding, a ring, and she willingly takes it. Stephan and Catherineís husband walk in and get angry about the ring, but Lanie lets them know sheís going to wear it and itís not that big of a deal. Stephan leaves for the church and Ruslan heads to the bar, but he gets a call from the police that disturbs him. It turns out that while they were gone someone broke into the house and murdered Catherine and tried to kill Lanie as well. Itís up to Ruslan to find out who committed the crime, and maybe in between finding the killer he might just kill a few hundred people along the way.

Contrary to what most people think, Seagal is a great actor. This movie showed more of his emotional side rather than killing people side, and it works. The supporting cast doesnít really add much to the film, as they are too few and far in between. The ending is somewhat plausible, although you should know what happens at the end since it is a Seagal movie. The complaint I have about this one is that the characters are never really defined as they are in past movies, and the plot is given up too easily in the start. Other than that though, this is another great Seagal movie.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

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.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a direct-to-BD movie, this is a decent looking flick. Colors are a little vibrant, but not to the point where they create a distraction for those viewing it. Black levels are appropriate, but at times they overpower other colors. There are numerous scenes where the characters appear much darker than in other scenes within a few seconds, which was disappointing. There were multiple scenes with grain and a bit of noise, but not to the extent that I felt it was necessary to dock it multiple stars. All in all, this is a decent transfer, but not one by any means that can be considered demo material.

On the audio scale, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track fares only slightly better than the DVDís Dolby Surround 5.1 track. Surrounds are used a little bit more extensively and dialogue levels were near identical to the non-HD track. The same complaint lies here that did with the prior; the dialogue is too loud and inconsistent as it goes from scene to scene. Also the fact that this one isnít up to the standards as other releases from Fox that Iíve come to expect didnít help it much either. This isnít a bad track, as it does do the movie well, but just once again not demo material to show off.



.::OVERALL::.

Driven to Kill isnít Seagalís best work, but it does come close. The quips, action, and story-telling are still there. He also kills a bunch of people, and the level of violence in this one is right in line with past performances as well. The special features as usual are empty, but the audio and video are above average. For fans, this is a must-have to add to the collection, all others should drive out and take a rental on this one.