Review: ‘Hard to Kill’

The threadbare screenplay, which went into production as Seven Year Storm, uses a Rip van Winkle gimmick. As Mason Storm, cop Steven Seagal is nearly killed in the first reel after shooting surveillance film of corrupt politico Bill Sadler. His wife (Bonnie Burroughs) is murdered by Sadler's minions.

The threadbare screenplay, which went into production as Seven Year Storm, uses a Rip van Winkle gimmick. As Mason Storm, cop Steven Seagal is nearly killed in the first reel after shooting surveillance film of corrupt politico Bill Sadler. His wife (Bonnie Burroughs) is murdered by Sadler’s minions.

Cop buddy Frederick Coffin recognizes the danger and hides evidence of Seagal’s last-minute recovery. Seven years later, under the tutelage of impossibly beautiful nurse (and real-life wife) Kelly Le Brock, Seagal comes out of his coma (sporting a laughable phony beard), uses Oriental methods of recovery and plots his revenge.

Sluggish direction by Bruce Malmuth doesn’t help, but whenever Seagal is allowed to whip into action the film is a crowdpleaser. Unlike other loner prototypes, he goes beyond merely ruthless into the realm of sadistic, breaking opponents’ limbs just for starters (as in a memorable fight here with latino heavy Branscombe Richmond). It ain’t pretty, but it gets the action fans off.

Hard to Kill

Production

Warner. Dir Bruce Malmuth; Producer Gary Adelson, Joel Simon, Bill Todmore Jr; Screenplay Steven McKay; Camera Matthew F. Leonetti; Editor John F. Link; Music David Michael Frank Art Dir Robb Wilson King

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Steven Seagal Kelly Le Brock Bill Sadler Frederick Coffin Bonnie Burroughs Branscombe Richmond

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading