The Keeper (2009)

Genre(s): Action
Fox || R - 94 minutes - $22.98 || January 19, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-01-25


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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

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Keoni Waxman
Writer(s): Paul A. Birkett (written by)
Cast: Steven Seagal


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


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Iíve really been enjoying the ďLawmanĒ television show that Steven Seagal stars in on the A&E network. Normally Iím not into the whole cop drama shows, as though I feel that theyíve been severely overplayed, but this oneís cool basically because of the fact Seagal is in the show. The bad part is that I like the show so much that I just couldnít get into his latest flick, The Keeper, like I normally do with his other films. The film has everything his other films do, and that may be the problem this time around.

Rolland (Steven Seagal) and Trevor (Brian Keith Gamble) are two cops working a routine drug bust when Trevor sees a giant pile of money on the table. He suggests that the two split the money, since no oneís going to be looking for it since the two drug dealers are dead, but Rolland sticks to his roots and refuses to take part. Trevor coldly shoots his partner twice in the heart and leaves him for dead, but little did he know that Rolland canít be killed. Rolland awakes in the hospital to Trevor trying to smother him with a pillow, and this time around Rollandís prepared and kills Trevor with the gun he had stashed.

Fast forward sometime later and Rolland has given up his life of police work. He is contacted by Jason (Luce Rains) to be a bodyguard for Jasonís daughter, Nikita (Liezl Carstens). Nikita is in major trouble, as though her boyfriend is some giant singer and so is she, or something along those lines. The story was way too complicated for me to understand outside of Rolland throwing knives at wood. Nikita ends up getting kidnapped, and itís up to Rolland and definitely not the police who try to impede his progress and arrest him the entire movie to save Nikita.

Seagal movies, if youíve never seen one, are never about the plot. They all have the same basic concept: Seagalís character gets screwed over by someone in the police force, thereís always someone corrupt in that police force, Seagal gets shot at multiple times yet lives, and he always gets the girl in the end. Thatís just how it always works, and this one isnít any different. The problem is that Rolland just isnít a bad arse like his other characters are, in fact heís quite honestly a panzy compared to past roles. The character just doesnít scream ďhey I can kill you just by looking at you,Ē like he used to.

The whole plot of the movie, like I previously mentioned, is just way too overblown for me to care about. The action scenes also arenít the best either, as yes we all know Seagal can kill 300 undead soldiers with his bare hands if he wanted to. The action scenes involved with the movie arenít anywhere near as entertaining as his past flicks, nor are the lines he is given either. They are all bland and sound like he literally read the lines from the script, looked down while filming, and they edited out the script with magic technology during the editing process.

The movie wasnít all bad though, as maybe Iím just being a little too critical. I had fun watching the movie, as usual, since Seagal just runs around for 90 minutes basically killing everyone he meets. The whole ďbodyguardĒ aspect though is really overplayed for him, and I hope that in the future he gets some bigger and better roles due to the major success of his new show.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

My two-year long search continues for a movie with a Seagal commentary track.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Due to the video being watermarked, I canít accurately rate the video. When a non-watermarked copy comes in I will update the score accordingly.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track isnít necessarily a bad track, but there is major room for improvement in a few categories. The dialogue is decent although the track lacks any sort of ďoomphĒ to the words spoken. I noticed several times throughout the movie I couldnít understand what was being said due to how low the track itself was, which is a disappointment. I also rarely heard my rear speakers go off but I can say they did every once in a while and they did trigger during a few of the action scenes. Some boosting to the dialogue/surround levels and this would have been a much better track.



.::OVERALL::.

The television series that Seagal stars in is way better than this flick. That hurts me to type though, as Iíve enjoyed every Seagal movie. Thatís not saying The Keeper is a bad flick, but right now the television show on A&E is more fun to watch. The technical specs canít be rated at this time and with no special features this is a rental at best. This is one to keep although anything more than a night might be too long.