When former black ops operative Tom Steele (Steven Seagal) and his partner Manning (Steve Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Steele realizes he’s caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined.

Studio: Anchor Bay
Year: 2012
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Run time: 98 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD / 1 DVD
Region: A

Love him or hate, Seagal has a very loyal fan-base. It’s the same with other action stars from the past, which is why Expandables was such a success. But that was a pretty good movie, which of course had to do a bit with the budget. But even with a small budget you can do quite good things. This right here is neither completely bad nor any good though.

Steve Austin has some fine scenes (which make you wonder, why he isn’t the real lead here, because that would’ve made sense) and the director managed to make Seagal look sort of good. It appears as if he is actually lifting his foot! I kid you not, all done through the magic of editing of course. The flash cuts do not serve the story, but are a good excuse to blur action scenes and/or change scenery.

The story/internal logic has so many flaws, it’ll be better you shut off you brain for the entire running time. Again not talking about “real” logic, but movie logic as in, what is happening within the realm of what you get. Some Action scenes are pretty decent and there is one guy in particular (besides Stone Cold), who’s a very good fighter, but only gets to shine once (almost at the end of the movie).
Movie Quality: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. I found colors to be a bit on the darker side with a softer color pallete which almost looks like a film filter. I felt like the image was very sharp and free from any defects. Details are excellent showing off all the little intricacies of the film in high definition.
Print Quality: 8/10

The audio is presented in a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. The soundfield is just right for this film as it presents a spectacular sense of atmosphere. Sound effects such as screams, guns blazing, and broken glass sounds so crisp in the soundfield. The panning effects across the rears add to the atmosphere making this a creepier film. Dialogue is on the lower side which is a problem to me.
Print Quality: 8.5/10

Special Features

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Interviews with Steve Austin and Ben Foster
  • Audio commentary with Director/Executive Producer Keoni Waxman and Co-executive Producer Binh Dang

Special Features: 5/10

Final Thoughts

Overall, this was an enjoyable movie, but I would have to say that it is not the best of Segal… and I look forwards to “Stone Cold” putting his talents to further use in future movies.
Overall Rating: 6/10