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(2001) (Steven Seagal, DMX) (R)

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Action/Drama: While investigating a rich gangster and dealing with the cops in his new precinct, a renegade Detroit detective discovers that things aren't always what they seem.
Orin Boyd (STEVEN SEAGAL) is a renegade Detroit cop whose prickly attitude and illegal means of enforcing the law have him demoted to the worst precinct in the city, despite having just saved the life of the Vice President of the United States. His new captain, Annette Mulcahy (JILL HENNESSY), knows of his reputation and lays down the law of her operation for him, going so far as to sending him to an anger management class where he meets Henry Wayne (TOM ARNOLD), the high-strung host of a local TV talk show.

Despite such measures, they don't stymie his inquisitive cop nature and it's not long before he comes across some sort of crime involving local gangster Latrell Walker (DMX) and his fast-talking sidekick, T.K. (ANTHONY ANDERSON) doing an illegal deal with a man by the name of Montini (DAVID VADIM). After a brief fight, Orin discovers that Montini has been working undercover trying to nab Walker, a point that doesn't sit well with the detective's muscle-bound partner, Useldinger (MATTHEW G TAYLOR).

Not all of the cops give Orin a hard time, however, as Strutt (MICHAEL JAI WHITE) steps in to cool things down and local officer George Clarke (ISAIAH WASHINGTON) is soon assigned as his amiable partner. After uncovering the theft of fifty kilos of heroin, Orin and George begin focusing their investigatory efforts on Latrell and T.K., with Orin asking Henry to do some digging on Latrell's background.

As he keeps digging and receives more information about the gangster, Orin soon uncovers a conspiracy of corruption within the force, a discovery that soon leads to imminent danger and surprising revelations that prove that things aren't always what they seem.

If they're fans of Seagal, DMX, anyone else in the cast or of cop-based action-thrillers, they just might, but older teen males seem the film's most likely audience among kids.
For strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.
  • To avoid giving away the "surprise" revelations that occur regarding certain characters, we'll only list how they appear for most of the film, but will state that some who appear good are actually bad and vice-versa.
  • STEVEN SEAGAL plays a renegade cop with a bad attitude and penchant for breaking the law while enforcing it. Before, during and after uncovering corruption in his new precinct, he fights with various bad guys and kills some of them, and uses some profanity.
  • DMX plays a local gangster with expensive tastes who's working with bad cop Montini on some big deal.
  • ANTHONY ANDERSON plays his comic sidekick who uses strong profanity and runs a strip club.
  • ISAIAH WASHINGTON plays a local cop who partners with Orin in trying to stop the bad guys. He uses some profanity.
  • MICHAEL JAI WHITE plays another cop who repeatedly intervenes between Orin and some other cops who don't like him.
  • JILL HENNESSY plays the precinct's tough, but relatively green captain.
  • DAVID VADIM plays a corrupt cop who's arranging deals with Latrell. He uses some strong profanity.
  • MATTHEW G TAYLOR plays his muscle-bound cop buddy who seems to have it out for Orin.
  • TOM ARNOLD plays a high-strung, local TV talk show host who befriends and helps Orin, and enjoys the company of some bare-breasted women in one scene.


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    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated action/thriller. Violence is listed as extreme due to numerous and often lengthy gun battles that leave many people wounded and killed (with bloody results) along with many instances of hand to hand combat scenes/fighting where people are punched, kicked, pummeled and threatened and/or harmed with other bodily harm or death and some are killed. Various instances of property damage are also present and some of the violent scenes may be unsettling, tense or suspenseful to some viewers.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, including, naturally, all of the villains and corrupt cops, but also the protagonist who acts as a renegade cop who doesn't follow the rules and often breaks the law while enforcing it. Profanity is listed as extreme due to the use of at least 44 "f" words, while plenty of other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Some sexually related dialogue is present, most of it occurring during the end credits where two characters talk about masturbation and other sexual matters.

    Some topless dancers are seen in strip clubs (in thong/g-string bottoms with one "painting" the other's bare breasts that are then pressed up against some glass), while similarly dressed women sit on a man's lap with their breasts in his face. Meanwhile, some drinking occurs, some references are made to drug dealing (and we see what look like bags of drugs) and a character makes some jokes about smoking pot during the closing credits.

    Should you still be concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may wish to see it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed content listings for more specific examples of what occurs and is present in the film.

  • We hear that some villains stole fifty kilos of heroin.
  • People have drinks in a club, including T.K. who carries one.
  • Montini and other cops drink beer in a bar.
  • Mulcahy and her date have wine with dinner.
  • Latrell is told by some bad cops about their drug running operation where they press and dry heroin into undetectable shirts that are then sent all over the country.
  • Some villains plan to kill Orin by giving him a lethal dose of what may be heroin, but after a fight breaks out, the injection goes into their driver instead.
  • We see various bags of what are presumably drugs (white powder covers Latrell's face after it's pushed into one of the bags).
  • During an interview bit between Henry and T.K. during the closing credits, we hear them talking about the following: T.K. mentions that his father has glaucoma and is probably out smoking a joint, and then says to the TV camera, "Save some for me." He then reminds him that it's "Puff, puff, pass" and then says that his daddy likes to "hold onto the weed."
  • Various people who are shot and killed during an ambush on the Vice-President have bloody, bullet-related wounds.
  • Montini has a little bit of a bloody lip after getting into a fight.
  • A man's face is bloody after repeatedly being punched in the face.
  • A man's nose is bloody after getting into a fight with Orin.
  • Blood squirts out and people are bloody during a massive gun battle.
  • Two men are impaled at the end of the film (one through the chest, the other through the neck) with bloody results.
  • During an interview bit between Henry and T.K. during the closing credits, we hear them talking about the following: Henry asks T.K. about when he does "a number two" in the bathroom whether he uses a handi-wipe. Henry replies that he wipes off and then takes a lot of toilet paper and dips it in water and "then I wipe my ass." Henry then goes on to say that after drinking he's "not only peed the bed, but I sh*t the bed."
  • Orin is noted as being a non-conforming, trouble-making cop who already has three complaints against him for using excessive force just this year. While he does uncover and then take care of the police corruption within his precinct, he breaks many rules/laws while doing so.
  • The various cops who turn out to be bad/corrupt obviously have bad attitudes as they deal drugs and try to kill others.
  • Orin shows up late for a speech by the Vice President of the U.S. where some villains then try to kill the V.P.
  • Some thugs try to steal Orin's truck and then kill him when he comes across their wrongdoing.
  • Walker and T.K. act like jerks in an exclusive and very expensive auto dealer showroom (playing loud music, revving up the engine, ignoring requests to stop, etc.).
  • Reassigned as a traffic cop, Orin lets various cars crash into each other at an intersection as well as two of the drivers to get into a fistfight.
  • During an interview bit between Henry and T.K. during the closing credits, we hear them talking about the following: Henry says that he's been with a "big" woman before and that they're not jolly and can be quite cranky. T.K. says that he likes big women and that "if you want to feel the heat, you got to have the meat." He then adds that big women are good in the summer and winter (for shade and warmth respectively).
  • The two then talk about whether they like the big or small Oprah.
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and "Blood/Gore" may also be unsettling, tense or suspenseful to some viewers.
  • Machine guns/Handguns/Explosive devices/Switchblade/Swords of some sort: Used to threaten, wound or kill many people. See "Violence" for details.
  • Phrases: "Get the f*ck out of here," "I'm just f*cking with you," "F*ck me," "What are you f*cking doing?" "What the f*ck is your problem/are you doing/are you thinking?" "You're f*cking right," "Don't know what the f*ck you're talking about," "It's about f*cking time," "F*ck this," "Nobody's trying to f*ck anybody" (nonsexual), "Sh*thole," "Bullsh*t," "Oh sh*t," "This sh*t is hot," "Sh*t happens," "Sh*tload," "You're sh*tting me," "Pissing me off," "What the hell is this?" "What the hell is going on?" "Who the hell is that/are you?" "Freaked out," "Jeez," "That little bastard," "Freakin'/Friggin'," "Screw them," "Bastards," "Bad ass," "Take a piss," "Oh hell yeah," "Fat ass," "Shake your ass," "She's a big bitch," "Blow this," "What the hell are you doing here?" "Screw(ed) up," "Bitch" (about a man), "Sucker," "Kick his ass," "Pissing your life away," "Shut up," "Lucky bastard," "Balls" (testicles), "I'm just covering my ass," "The hell with that" and "Hell no."
  • Some kids may want to imitate all of the fighting and gun battles that occur in the film, particularly since they're portrayed in such a "fun" and stylistic fashion (although people are shown being harmed/killed from that).
  • Various cops prove how tough/macho they are by allowing themselves to be zapped with a stun gun.
  • None.
  • A heavy amount of action-oriented suspense music plays during the film.
  • Various rap songs had lyrics that couldn't be understood, but we did hear several uses of the term "nigger" in several of them.
  • At least 44 "f" words (7 used with "mother," 1 used sexually), 52 "s" words, 1 slang term for male genitals ("d*ck"), 2 slang terms for breasts ("t*tties"), 22 asses (3 used with "hole"), 13 hells, 3 damns, 3 uses of "G-damn," 2 each of "Jesus" and "Swear to God" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes" and "Oh my God" as exclamations.
  • Spotting an expensive car, T.K. says that he could "get some ass" from some women in it. When told how expensive another car is, he then says that it "better suck and f*ck me" for that price.
  • Mulcahy shows a bit of cleavage.
  • We see various topless dancers doing their thing in T.K.'s strip club (wearing thong/g-string bottoms, they sensuously dance about, one "paints" another's bare breasts and that women then presses her breasts up against the glass surrounding her - all upon T.K.'s exuberant insistence).
  • As T.K. talks to a woman in the club he runs, he's distracted in mid-sentence upon spotting Orin. He instinctively says "f*ck me" which the woman thinks is an offer since he started the sentence saying, "At the end of the night, you might just…" In response, the woman enthusiastically replies, "Now you're talking."
  • We see some bare-breasted women in a club (others show cleavage) and two of them (in g-string bottoms) are sitting on and fawning over Henry (with their bare breasts right in his face). After he and Orin talk, Henry asks Orin, "Do you want in on this? (being with the bare-breasted ladies), but Orin declines.
  • After Orin and Mulcahy discuss his thoughts on corruption, she tells him to bring her something solid. He then playfully says that he has something solid (a double entendre) and she playfully replies that she wants something more solid (and then glances down at his midsection as he walks away).
  • Henry tells a counselor that he's already signed up for her shame and impotence class.
  • During an interview bit between Henry and T.K. during the closing credits, we hear them talking about the following:
  • Henry says that he saw T.K. (who's black) during surgery and that it's not true what they say about black men (referring to penis size)
  • Henry asks if T.K. has sensitive nipples and then says that if women want sex with him to be over, all they have to do his lick his nipples. Henry then says that women sometimes get out of control and that you don't want to say "Hey, you're hurting me" but then adds that they are hurting you. T.K. agrees, but then adds, "I sort of like it."
  • T.K. admits that he masturbates two or three times a day. Henry then states that he likes to "do it" (masturbate) at the tanning salon, and adds that when you're doing it, you can't wear the goggles because you have to keep your eyes on the door in case someone comes in. He then delivers the punch line that you can go blind masturbating. Henry then goes through his procedure for masturbating (including listing a lubricant and lesbian porn), and then states that you clean up and everything is nice, but adds that you can get "that" on the remote control.
  • T.K. then mentions getting the Viagra pill and that he's heard you don't even need a prescription for it. Henry states that they need to get that for women and T.K. jokes that it would be called "Niagara."
  • A cop smokes in a bar, while a miscellaneous character throws a cigarette butt to the street where we see a pile of them (meaning the person's been there for a while).
  • None.
  • Whether a cop like Orin would have been kicked off the force long ago due to his attitude and law-breaking means of enforcing the law.
  • Why Orin was punished rather than praised for saving the Vice President's life.
  • The degree of corruption that may or may not occur within any given police force.
  • That few people survive such beatings and machine gun attacks as demonstrated here.
  • Some villains and/or bad cops attack the Vice-President's motorcade. Those on motorcycle open fire with machine guns, while an incognito driver shoots two men dead. Arriving on the scene, Orin shoots a man dead. More people are then shot with machine guns, vehicles crash and a man with a machine gun in a helicopter opens fire on the scene. The Secret Service agents fire back and an explosion rocks part of the motorcade. Orin then drives a delivery truck into/over some of the bad guys on motorcycles (injuring or killing them). He then exchanges gunfire with more of the bad guys and smashes one villain into the side of a vehicle before using him as a shield against machine gun fire aimed at him (that riddles the body he's holding). Orin then fires several shots from his handgun that causes the helicopter to explode and fall to the street. He then shoots two more villains dead while saving the Vice-President.
  • Orin sees some cops knee and then take their nightsticks to a cuffed man who tries to get away from them.
  • Orin violently tears apart a small desk he can't get out of while attending an anger management class.
  • Orin fights with several thugs who were trying to steal his truck. During this, he lands many punches and kicks to the various thugs who try to attack him. He throws one into a car, apparently breaks the leg of another, ducks from the swing of a bat that then accidentally hits another thug on the head, avoids a switchblade attack and moves his head just in time as one thug pulls a gun and fires a shot from the point blank range.
  • After spotting T.K. being up to no good, Orin purposefully drops T.K.'s night-vision binoculars onto the street (where we hear them break) and then slams him down onto a vehicle while arresting and handcuffing him to his truck's grill. We then see T.K. violently pulling on the grill and later see that it's gone.
  • Orin comes across Walker and Montini apparently involved in some wrongdoing and immediately opens fire on them after one pushes what looks like a large and rolling tool chest at him. Another throws various pipes at Orin who then dumps many of them on Montini. He then gets into a fight with Walker, who eventually delivers an around the wall, roundhouse kick to his Orin's head before escaping by jumping through a plate glass window. Montini then comes at Orin with a circular saw, repeatedly trying to cut him with it, until Orin subdues him.
  • Reassigned as a traffic cop, Orin lets various cars crash into each other at an intersection and then walks away as two of the drivers get into a fistfight.
  • Various cops prove how tough they are by allowing themselves to be zapped with a stun gun. One then takes the gun to Orin, puts it on high, and zaps him. Orin then grabs the gun and zaps this other cop in the neck, but before he can fight back, Strutt breaks up the fracas.
  • Orin goes into a building where he finds a janitor and two kids tied up. He then goes and rescues a third child, but not before a masked thief opens fire on him with a machine gun. The two then exchange gunfire until Orin and the girl finally get out.
  • We see video surveillance footage of a villain shooting a guard in the leg.
  • Orin grabs T.K. in his bar, with the latter trying to hit the former with a bottle of liquor. A bouncer then stops Orin from hitting T.K. with that same bottle and the two then get into a fight, soon joined by others who Orin then fights (punching, kicking, avoiding being hit by various objects, etc.). During this, it sounds like Orin breaks a man's bones, and another man tries hitting him with a chain that's eventually used back on him as wrapped around Orin's fist (some also fall back through glass and other property in the bar).
  • George and Latrell get into a fight and exchange punches and kicks, eventually resulting in the two holding their handguns on the other and George pulling his trigger, but the gun he's holding isn't loaded. T.K. then hits George over the head with something, knocking him out.
  • Latrell holds a gun to Montini's face.
  • A van purposefully smashes into the back of Orin's truck, driving it into some parked constructed vehicles. Some men then break his window, drag him out and cuff him inside the van. They then plan to give him a lethal dose of what may be heroin, but Orin then fights with them (still cuffed), causing the lethal injection to go into the driver's neck instead. As the van careens and crashes into other vehicles, Orin continues to fight the various men inside the van, one of whom tries to shoot him. As this transpires, one man who's now hanging out the side of the van is crushed upon sideswiping another vehicle. More vehicles crash into each other with some of them exploding, which is what then happens to the van as it hits another vehicle and then flips and flies through the air before sliding upside down across the street where it's eventually hit by an oncoming trash truck. Orin manages to make it out before that happens by shooting off his cuffs.
  • Orin punches Latrell in the face and the two then get into a fight with many punches and kicks being thrown and delivered.
  • Some bad guys open fire on Orin and Mulcahy in her truck, riddling it with bullets from machine guns and shotguns and opening fire on it with a grenade launcher or something similar. A several minute sequence then follows where the bad guys chase and shoot at them, Orin shoots back, a person is killed in a car wreck where their head smashes into the windshield, all sorts of property damage occurs and several men are presumably killed when the top of their car is ripped off just before it crashes at high speed into a dead-end wall.
  • A man nearly shoots Orin, but other cops come in and a big gun battle breaks out between them and the bad guys, with various people being wounded or killed (with some bloody results as people are riddled with machine gun fire and shot in the head, etc.). During this, Orin is shot in the back, but he's wearing a vest and is okay and George is shot and wounded, as is T.K. A cop then rolls out a canister of some sort of compressed gas out into the room, allowing another to shoot it, causing it to explode and wound or kill various bad guys.
  • Orin then gets into some sort of prolonged sword fight with a bad guy, while Latrell uses a shotgun to shoot several people from behind cover (with some bloody results) and then gets into a fight with another man (with brutal punching and kicking).
  • Latrell stabs something into a bad guy's leg.
  • A man falls from a helicopter and is impaled on a roof pipe, resulting in his death.
  • A spike runs through a man's throat as he's pushed up against it, killing him.

  • Reviewed March 15, 2001 / Posted March 16, 2001

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