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Plot: Anthony Stowe is a down-and-out detective addicted to heroine whose days always seem to go from bad to worse. Stowe is coming off of a drug deal, in which two officers were killed, and the primary villain, the drugs, the money and the surveillance tapes are still at large. He is also dealing with… Runtime: 101 min Release Date: 20 Jun 2007
A different direction for Van Damme and it mostly pays off. (by furiousneon)
Always a fan of Van Damme, I have seen every title of his since No Retreat, No Surrender and I can tell you right now, his acting in the 80's and most of the 90's was laughable. You don't watch a Van Damme movie for it's acting, you watch it for the fight scenes right? Not this time around. Until Death strongly focuses on its main characters flawed life. How a man who seemed to have it together at one point has completely lost it and is in a downward spiral full of drugs, hookers and a crooked run as a cop. Wondering if Van Damme can pull it off? He does and continues in my <more>
opinion to prove that he is better then the low-quality DTV movies that he has been unfortunately starring in for the past 7 years. Due to that fact, if this movie were made as a theatrical release with better funding and better actors surrounding our star, it would be amazing. Thanks to Van Damme and the director for at least trying to make this movie look the best it could, this movie is very good. Some fans may be disappointed with the lack of martial arts but this movie doesn't call for it. It would actually be out of place and pretty stupid for this guy to be as lethal a martial artist as we know Van Damme to be. Out of all of Van Damme's DTV releases, this one along with Wake of Death are his strongest and I strongly recommend that you check it out.
I have been a fan of Jean Claude Van Damme since i saw him for the fist time in Black Eagle. I have always considered Jean Claude Van Damme as a great physical actor. His movement when in action or his body language out of action is unique and of a high quality. However, as much as i am ashamed to say being a dedicated fan and all i have always held a view of his acting as if it is a "pointless pretend". I use the word pretend because its what an amateur performer would use of how to be a character. I watched Knock Off and to be honest the title says it all, i started to loose faith <more>
in my hero, my god. To think i call my self a true fan, i felt like Jeasus, when he had been persuaded by the devil to jump off a cliff, i had sinned. I decided that no matter how bad the acting became i will always watch any of Jean Claude Van Damme films and love them so i bought legionnaire and sat back and just watched. What i couldn't stop thinking about, was the end of the film it was so powerful and such a small part of the film. I was shell shocked but it was still not enough for me to change my mind but it certainly opened my mind. The following films that he brought out put me at ease again, Legionaire was just a glitch nothing had changed especially after seeing him as Eddie Lomax lol he was a good character though. Then for me Jean Claude Van Damme disappeared for a bit and all of a sudden replicant hits our screens. It was alright a bit different but still nothing to change my original thought of him. The order came out and i loved it he was doing one of his usual fun-free characters he was back but the films he brought out next i never expected this result. I mean the films was slow especially In Hell, not a lot happened but that Legionaire ending was all coming back to me, were we all just about to witness a change in the winds or will it be just another glitch as i stupidly call these affects of Jean Claude's acting. In derailed J.C. showed a great love and care for his family that must be true in reality for it was too strong and moving. I couldn't wait for the next film i was literally on the edge of my seat and then it happened Wake Of Death. its a very dark and intense film but worth while. Jean Claude Van Damme was expressing himself in such a passionate way yet aggressive in manner. this was not a glitch this was acting i disregard my view of pointless however i keep the "pretend" as i need to see more of Van Damme in this way. Now the next two films Second In Command and The Hard Corps. they were not as powerful as the last few however they had great moments one of which ill share with you. the scene when J.C. pins the actor William Tapley up against the wall in Second In Command that was good. Now i don't know about you, i am amazed about Until Death my view of J.C. being a "pretend" actor was blown out of the water he becomes the character which is something the best actors in Hollywood struggle to do today. Jean Claude Van Damme has done a 360 split kick and knocked us all on our bums and put us on the edge of our seats enjoy this film the acting is mental it is amazing have some Van Damage!!!!!!!!!!!
Great movie!! Contains spoilers. Plot holes. (by evedammage)
I've just watched Until Death. Oh, my God: it's a lot better than I expected!!! I was a bit scared because Simon Fellows is the director, but at last it turned out to be a false alarm. What can I say about this good movie? Van Damme's best acting of all his career. He can be proud of himself. Stephen Rea is there just because our Belgian hero needs a villain to fight with. "Fight" here is a metaphor, 'cause Van Damme doesn't almost use his fists or his legs in this one if he did, he would destroy the tone of the whole plot . Selina Giles overacts in some scenes. <more>
When she is at a party with her new lover, she smiles as if she was thinking "oh, dear, this guy is so disgusting", which I think wasn't what the director really meant. The prostitute... she is just in the movie to prove that Anthony Stowe is a despicable scumbag. She's hot, but nothing else. Adam Leese plays a good role. He's convincing as an honest cop and as a dirty one a plot twist we find out in the climax . He's a hypocrite, accusing Stowe of being a bad cop when he is, in fact, Callahan's man in the police force. I don't really know what to think about the waitress. What's her actual relationship with Stowe? It doesn't seem to be any kind of romantic well, if there is something romantic in Stowe before he's shot in the head affair. This takes me to the: PLOT HOLES. First of all, I'd like to say something that I consider important. There've been some reviews in this board complaining about the holes in this film. Actually, I believe all the flaws have to do with the distributors' wish to cut some of the sequences to make this movie shorter. The reason? Maybe they think a Van Damme movie is too long if it lasts more than 90 minutes. If you pay attention to the promo trailer that has been on the net for several months, some dialogs and scenes are missing in the released version. What a mistake!!! This editing may be to blame for: 1 The unexplained relationship between Stowe and Chad Mansen. Maybe the kid attends Valerie's school? Did the cop and the teenager know each other before their first meeting in the film? 2 The unbelievable return of Valerie to Stowe I can't believe a couple of compliments did the job 3 Why does Jimmy ask Stowe "Remember me?" when they meet at the diner in the shooting scene? I can't remember seeing Jimmy earlier in the film. 4 Why is Stowe so obsessed with Callahan? Did Valerie meet Callahan when the two cops were partners? 5 At the final shooting scene, is Van Huffel trying to shoot Stowe or the thug behind him? 6 What's up with the waitress? Does she betray Anthony 'cause she works for Callahan? 'Cause she hates Stowe? 'Cause she is threatened by Callahan? 'Cause she's paid for? When she goes to the bathroom, is her face one of repentance for what she's doing? I'd like to finish with a quote from the movie. Stowe to Callahan: "I was never a bad cop, Gabriel". The best Van Damme movie acting-like. The lack of martial arts is not important. Superb cop drama. I hope Van Damme keeps on like this. Members of the board: take care and don't give up on our Belgian hero.
I had no idea it would be so different from what Van Damme has done before, 95% DRAMA!!! (by theoriginallemartin)
OK, before I saw the movie I had no idea it would be so different from what Van Damme has done in the past. Guys, this movie is completely different from anything he has ever done. The movie is 90 95% drama and 5-10% action, yup, it's more of a drama than an action movie and it has a great story.The movie's main character is Anthony Stowe, a Narcotics cop who was once partnered with Callahan, a man who has since become one of the most important drug dealers in New Orleans and who began his involvement in the drug business during his time as a cop. Stowe, still a cop is now after <more>
Callahan, his former partner. The great thing about this story that is similar to others that we've seen in the past is the fact that we don't get the whole story, only parts and pieces of it while the main story of the movie deals with the final part of the cat and mouse game between Stowe and Callahan. The movie looks great, in fact with just 3 exceptions, BUT, these 3 scenes amount to only 15 seconds, or around that, so they can be easily overlooked.Simon Fellows is clearly a beginner at directing. In Second in Command he tried to create a feeling of revolution/war/chaos through the camera movement, but he failed because he overdid it, he tried too hard and in the end he made some viewers hate the camera movement and the overall style. Rest assured that he has improved tremendously with Until Death. He does some interesting camera moves that actually improve scenes and which ARE METAPHORS FOR THE STORY. YES people, FELLOWS IMPROVES some scenes WITH THE WAY HE DIRECTS. The way the camera is placed or the way the camera moves makes some scenes feel more important, bigger and BETTER than they are and enhances their emotional impact. If only Fellows would learn how to do the same for action, he would then be a much better director.Van Damme has drastically improved as an actor in a very short time. And with Until Death he hits another one right out of the park, he gives a great performance, at a level at which others have won Oscars at and I am not joking. Unfortunately this is both good and bad. It's good because he can impress the audience and easily carry the movie and it's bad because EVERYONE else looks like an amateur when compared to him. Stephen Rea is GOOD, but he clearly did this movie for the money so does not try very hard. The actress portraying the wife is awful; she couldn't deliver any EMOTION, any impact along with her lines. Her role was VERY IMPORTANT in the movie and her acting was terrible, you can tell she either is an amateur which is not the case or not at all interested in the movie, which is what really happened since actress Selina Giles has a long list of acting jobs on her resume. Unfortunately her performance is the weakest of them all and she brings the movie down by quite a lot. It is interesting to see the best actor in the movie Van Damme and the worst actor Selina Giles at the same time on screen.Had UNTIL DEATH had a better actress in the role of THE WIFE, a good soundtrack and a more emotional style of direction it could have been a 10/10 movie, as it is at the moment it's at 8.5/10.It is a completely new and different role for Van Damme, it has small amounts of action compared to his older movies and it is a DRAMA, a type of movie that people might not want to see Van Damme in Until Death told me a great story, a great dramatic story, it showed to me that Van Damme can carry this type of movie and it also gave me a lot of hope for THE SHEPERD provisional title , Van Damme's next movie which will be filled with action and which is directed by Isaac Florentine Undisputed 2 and produced by the same people with most of the same important crew behind it.This is why I respect Van Damme, he has grown as an actor and has created and put in place all the necessary elements to make quality movies. He has improved himself even if he is a DTV star, he keeps in great shape, has become a great actor and can still do some cool action, although he has evolved away from the action filled extravaganzas of the past which is a good thing . Any new Van Damme movie is guaranteed to be good and interesting and the very nice fact is that his fans are disappointed when his movies fail to be GREAT and are JUST GOOD as was the case with Second In Command .Also keep in mind that I saw an edited version so the DVD might have more scenes, more action a tiny little bit more , a better soundtrack and an even better visual quality as I saw the movie on TV in a TV format and aspect ratio. The DVD version could be drastically better, but even if it isn't this is still a movie I would recommend to anyone who loves a great drama, a great COP drama and some cool action from a classic star of the genre who has reinvented himself and who gave his best acting performance, a performance that I dare say is great by ANY standards.8.5/10 on any scale
Van Damme hits form again, big time! Until Death is a dark, dirty, damn nasty and repugnant film, but in a good way. In a Get Carter, Death Wish, Marathon Man kinda way. It's a 70's style thriller with all the grimy darkness, pessimism and degeneracy of so many great flicks of that time. Sure Wake Of Death had that feel, but somewhere along the way with director Phillipe Martinez's unsure hand, it attempted artiness, and relied far too heavily on the editing room, while also playing and drawing out needless scenes. Until Death is honed, grounded and above all consistent. All those <more>
who doubted Simon Fellow's because of his previous two films, should note that both were filmed in Romania and that the notoriously iffy company Castel were responsible. Here however, under the guidance of Moshe Diamont, Fellows is given more freedom to express himself, and he keeps things simple, grounded, allowing scenes to play out. He's far more sure of what he wants here, and delivers. He adds in a few touches that feel experimental, and a bit dangerous, and that only adds to the 70's vibe. A 70's vibe does not a good movie make, but it's a welcome part of an overall good movie.Now in my honest opinion, I found this to be Van Damme's best film overall, period! At the same time it's hard to even call this a Van Damme movie. It's like a lost movie from Bronson or Eastwood, circa 70's. It's like Siegal and Peckinpah joined forces and took on the reckless abandon and excessiveness of Michael Winner. Those who want the new Bloodsport will not take this to their hearts as Van Damme's pinnacle, but still, they should enjoy Van Damme in a film with genuine atmosphere, in a role he stamps real authority on. Van Damme, minus the flashy kicks, plays a walking turd! He's a degenerate drug addled morally abstruse cop, and a borderline maniac. Van Damme has a role split into two halves if you like, pre-coma, post-coma. Pre coma is the dirty cop Stowe who's lost all regard for the people close to him, and his co-workers. He lives only for himself, and only to bring down ex-partner Callaghan Rea . He'd sell his own mother to get the collar. Van Damme gives his best performance. He's really playing an unlikeable character whose judgement has become clouded. He thinks he's doing right, trying to do right, but loses track of the right and wrong ways to get what he wants. Van Damme is just a mean, badass machine in the first half of the film, not a man to be crossed at all. When Stowe wakes from his coma, having been left for dead by Callaghan, he wants to turn his life around, while he has to fully recover from his injuries. Here Van Damme is equally good. The film is a real departure for him. He really immerses himself in the role and vanity is so far from his mind here. Van Damme looks outta shape and should do , and early on is really made to look dishevelled. Elsewhere Stephen Rea kind of flitters in and out in an extended cameo, but he gets to really chew scenery in a great scene at the end, when he and Stowe come face to face for the first time since Stowe's resurrection. Rea is simply picking up his paycheque, but he gets the one scene to let loose and deliver, and he leaves a lasting impression. Selina Giles as Stowe's wife enters the film with a bang! It's not a good one either, cause she's not delivering a good performance. However no sooner than Van Damme gets shot in the head, she begins delivering a fine performance. It's quite strange in that respect. There's also decent support from Adam Leese and Gary Beadle.The action is short and swift. It's supposed to hit hard, and hit fast. They're simple scenes but they pack a punch, in a way that The Hard Corps and Second In Command were lacking. Ditto Wake Of Death, while supremely violent was a letdown in the action. Here though it's all about the violence. It's efficiently choreographed and edited and it has impact. When people die, you know they're dead. Those eagerly awaiting plenty of hand-to hand will be disappointed it, there's only a few quick little flourishes, but for this film Van Damme is far better armed with a shotgun than unleashing his kicks. The action isn't meant to be over the top, drawn out and excessive. It's about the forceful violence dished out. To see what I mean simply check the end action sequence in Straw Dogs.Simon Fellows does well here as I mentioned, and he keeps the film ticking over nicely. Doug Milsome's cinematography is the best in a Van Damme movie for a while now. It looks great, and really keeps that dank 70's vibe going. There's also great sound design and Matthew Booth does a good job piecing everything together in the editing suite. A real standout though is the score from Mark Sayfritz, a blend of orchestra and synth effortlessly combining. Occasionally there's a real Massive Attack vibe in the music. It's arguably the best score in a Van Damme film, and Sayfritz will be a welcome returnee for Van Damme's next film, The Shepard. All in all, those who like a good gritty action thriller with some vicious violence, need look no further than Until Death. Those who saw Wake Of Death as a turning point were seeing a false dawn, cause this is Van Damme's career defining moment. It proves he's now an actor, and that WOD wasn't a flash in the pan. This is the best DTV film I've seen, and as those who know my love of Lundgren's Mechanik, will realise that means a lot. ****
Best Can Damme film in years!!! (by TheHardTarget6)
This is the greatest Van Damme movie i have seen in years. This is probably his best STV effort right next to In Hell. There is no classic Van Damme martial arts but the acting is insane! Def the best acting of his career. The last couple Van Damme movies sucked SIC & Hard Corps. , so i had low expectations. But WOW...was i surprised at how well this movie was made compared to his recent crappy STV films. Seeing Van Damme play a totally different character was entertaining and reminded me of why i love Van Damme flicks so much. I lost faith in him after Wake of Death, but after watching <more>
this and having his next film be a martial arts packed film co-starring Scott Atkins The Shepard i have total faith in Van Damme once again. The acting is great, the plot is new for Van Damme, the action is better than expected no martial arts though , and Van Damme looks awesome. The editing is great, the direction is good, and luckily the film does not feel cheesy or STV-like. Emotional film.It is a must see for Van Damme fans. You will be surprised by it.And it is a MILLION times better than anything Seagal has done STV.
Okay lets just for a second forget that Van Damme is playing here cause most of the people will thing of me as another JCVD fanatic fan which i am not .Themovie has a killer plot, but a few things missing.So the story goes that Anthony Stowe is a bad cop playing it good.And he is really a hell of a cop except for his drug abuse , which messes everything.He finds out that trying' to fix things after the awakening isn't easy.In the end he not only makes a wrong wright but makes other people see the light as well.The first one was a longer runtime , cause obviously the script was cut or <more>
edited to fit the time.Second a little more budget.And third a more dramatic ending.A dramatic ending would have made this movie great.But the movie is better for me than the so haloed "300".So i have an advice for all you good movie lovers that's wright not action movie lovers go see this movie.It's not great , it's not flashy but it's never the less a nice movie to watch.
If you rent or buy a Van Damme movie then you want to be entertained, right??? As long as you are entertained then you would be willing to let the quality of the acting or script slide a little, right??? Well, I have to say that this film did indeed entertain me and Mr. Van Damme even surprised me because he was rather good, even with a script that went a little overboard with movie cop-talk. For all of his critics,I say, give the man a break, he is making an effort and trying something different.As an Irishman I was as surprised as anyone to see Stephen Rea in such a film as I hadn't <more>
looked at the full credits before watching it, but he was solid as usual.I don't want to summarise the film for anyone because I watched the film without knowing anything about the story except that Van Damme played a dirty cop, and I found the story to be very entertaining ,even in spite of the poor dialogue at times. Please, do not go along and watch this film with preconceived notions of negativity towards Mr. Van Damme, just watch it with an open mind, and I think you may find yourself surprised.....
Van Damme and Fellows hit the mark. (by argentobuff)
I really hate it when action stars are given no kudos for they're acting like Sly Stallone who wowed everyone in Copland and Jet Li who surprised as well with Danny the Dog.Jean Claude Van Damme is no different and while he has put in decent gigs in such movies as Lionheart,Double Impact,Hard Target and Maximum risk that were overlooked rather unfairly.Something has happened since JCVD's fall into dtv land is that he has been a lot choosier most of the time with his projects that are top-notch like Replicant,In Hell,and Wake of Death.Its a shame these have been neglected to DTV being <more>
that they are better than some of his last big screen theater releases!Until Death continues the trend of JCVD playing darker and more sinister characters as he plays a corrupt cop named Anthony Stowe who seems like he was ripped from an Abel Ferrara movie.Anthony it seems has blurred the line between good/bad that his fellow cops despise him,His emotionally neglected wife is cheating on him,Stowe has a nice heroin habit to contend with,and a twice-as corrupt sublimely played by Stephen Rea ex-partner gunning for him who has designs on being the new mob boss.It changes with the flash of a gunman's bullet that leaves Stowe in a coma for several months and upon awakening he sets out to ease his conscience as well as bloody retribution.This has got to be Van Dammes best ever acting job as he leaps onto the scene growling,snarling and making life difficult for everyone around him.His deranged look in the first half of the movie was striking and a lot of viewers are going to be surprised into thinking he let himself go.Even better is the after effect of the coma.Selina Giles does an good job as the wife.Adam Leese has a couple of nice moments as Van Huffel.The actor who plays the fat Sargent gets the loud cop mode just right and has some good moments near the end.The real shock is Stephen Rea and how sublimely underplayed Callaghan is by him.I thought we would get a real tour-de-force from him along the lines of Lance Henricksen as He only seems to come to life in his scenes with JCVD at the end which are fun to watch.If only he had put more into it than just taking a paycheck.Simon Fellows does a good job here with his creative touches that seemed to fail in SIC and its pretty clear his strength is getting the performances and working with the actors.The grimy New Orleans setting is also plus.Some of his shots recall Early De Palma.The only real fault of the movie is the action.Its not that the action scenes are done badly,but it needed more kick.The gunfights are good and bloody,however the last gunfight is a bit of a jip.Where was the commentary on the state of a post-Katrina New Orleans?That would have been great explaining on the crime wave that is going on there right now.It seems to me after the Shepherd JCVD might have just couple more action movies in him.What more does he need to prove if his best efforts get dumped to dtv?Dare I say he might wanna nab another drama?Until Death was a nice surprise after the down shift into the average SIC and okay Hard Corps.Even better to watch JCVD out-act Stephen Rea!