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STUDIO: First Look Pictures
RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
His rules. His way. No exceptions. This includes plot, logic, even enjoyable violence.
Steven Seagal, Holly Dignard, Chris Thomas King, Michael Filipowich, Mark Collie, Karyn Michelle Baltzer, Isaac Hayes.
Memphis detective Jacob King (Seagal) is on the trail of two killers, one called Lazerus (Filipowich), is into ritualistic killing involving astrology. The other, Billy Joel Hill (Collie) is just a good ole boy who likes to kill shit. If that weren’t enough, King has a pretty young Fed (Dignard) looking over his shoulder every step of the way.
I used to like quite a bit older Steven Seagal movies because, no matter the level of writing, you could at least be assured that the fight scenes were generally going to be entertaining. An arm bent the wrong way, a billiard ball to the teeth, a Jamaican drug dealer broken in half. All good stuff. Now of course he’s older, heavier, and uses camera tricks and stunt doubles to pull off his fight scenes. This is old hat to us that know of his movies. Kill Switch is just the latest in the assembly line of bad direct-to-DVD movies Seagal is keeping himself employed with these days. Some of them, I hear, are still enjoyable. Check out this Urban Justice review. But there’s absolutely nothing to be enjoyed here. Even the Seagal signature violence is so badly shot and edited – even more so than you’re used to – as to be unwatchable. As for the script, which Seagal wrote, it makes you wish they’d get back to said unwatchable action scenes ASAP.
The lone good thing the film has going for it is that it’s visual quality is actually not bad. But the sound is annoyingly low at times and the subtitles were written by a retard, which doesn’t help. No special features except for trailers.