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Steven Seagal is Orin Boyd, an over-the-top Detroit cop who always seems to cause trouble while at the same time preventing it. By this I mean Boyd is constantly causing a ruckus in the streets of Detroit, but still managing to put away the bad guys. Exit Wounds opens with a seemingly unbelievable opening sequence where Boyd saves the vice president from some nasty thugs, but engages in an extremely violent gun battle with the evildoers. This incident is the straw that breaks the camel’s back per sae, as Boyd is instantly transferred to Precinct 15, perhaps the worst neighbourhood in the city of Detroit. His captain seems to think that because of Boyd’s ruthless attitude, and aptitude to cause problems, a rough neighbourhood will be better suited to him.

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As predicted, Boyd instantly gets into trouble with his new captain, who happens to be a woman (Kill Hennessy) whose take no bull attitude is refreshing. However, she doesn’t give him any chances, she simply demotes him to the lousy job of traffic cop. Eventually, Boyd is assigned a partner who will hopefully make him change his ways.

Now as much as Boyd’s ways are questionable and confrontational, he discovers a web of police corruption within the precinct and needs his partners help in unravelling it all.

With that, we are introduced to local drug dealer, Latrell Walker (DMX). Walker is known to have a sketchy past, yet seems to have a clean record. He is also in money laundering scheme with his friend who is a local club owner. As the course of the film moves on, we discover that Walker may not be who he says he is and who may hold more answers to the police corruption then what meets the eye.

With out giving away all the twists and turns of this entertaining action flick, Exit Wounds is an extremely entertaining thriller that should please any movie fan who wants to see an exercise in typical Hollywood action genre, that proves to be an intriguing thriller.

After being absent form films for a few years, I am beginning to think that Seagal may have found his way back as an action star. His performance wasn’t exactly the greatest; in fact it’s really no different then from any of his other roles. His delivery is boring and he isn’t too believable as the trouble-causing cop. However, in the respect that Seagal is back is that he has actually chosen a script that is interesting, which doesn’t simply show us a retread of the standard, good cop-bad cop scenario.

The rapper DMX has displayed a great performance that will surely cement him to playing bad guys in action films. He is cool, hip, suave, and yet has feelings for the people around him. Generally I am not a big fan of, nor do I give little credibility to, music artists who attempt to be actors. But in this case, I have let my guard down. DMX is impressive and I believe that not only does he have a successful music career ahead of him, but also an acting career if he chooses the correct scripts. DMX also appeared in Romeo Must Die.

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Video
Exit Wounds is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is anamorphically enhanced. The transfer looked stellar to me, with the exception of a few instances of graininess, and a few speckles and dirt spots, but overall it looked fantastic. Colours were extremely bold and sharp, while scenes that were filmed at night contained strong blacks and shadows. This disc for the most part looks great!

Audio
Warner Brothers has presented this film in English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. And as is typical in a film considered to be an action piece, the surrounds are utilized well. Gunfire, kicks, punches and other sounds from an action sequence sound fantastic. The low basses also gave my subwoofer a work out that it hadn’t had in quite a while. I was very impressed and I am sure you will be too. Way to go Warner Brothers!

Extras
I actually enjoyed this film so much that I was hoping for a plethora of extra features. However, I am sad to report that the disc is fairly disappointing.

First up, the HBO First Look: The Making of Exit Wounds, which as usual is the typical promotional piece that airs on the cable channel prior to and during the release of the film in theatres. Littered with interviews from the cast and crew, we don’t really learn anything that we don’t already know, unless you haven’t watched the film first. Considering that this was Seagal’s first film in a number of years, a lengthier interview with Seagal would have been nice, as well as some comments on other aspects of the making of the film.

Warner Brothers has also presented the DMX video for his hit single, “No Sunshine”. Once again, the video is good and the song is one that I like, but I don’t quite understand the purpose of putting a video for a musician’s hit single on the DVD. Of course, it’s to promote the artist, but how many times can one watch the video before they grow tired of it. Just me I suppose.

Next, there are the standard Cast and Crew biographies, which don’t seem to go into as much depth as I have seen on other DVD’s, and the original theatrical trailer for the film.

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Overall
Exit Wounds - I would like to think this marks Seagal’s return to theatrical features. Only time will tell, but what I can say is that this film is a great action flick. It was thrilling, intriguing, and entertaining. The video and audio presentation are impressive, while the extra features are rather weak. In spite of that however, I urge you to check Exit Wounds out, you won’t be wounded if you do.


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