Exit Wounds

Year: 2001
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cast: Steven Seagal, DMX, Anthony Anderson, Isiah Washington, Michael Jai White, Tom Arnold, Bruce McGill, Eva Mendes
The first in Joel Silver's self-proclaimed 'hip urban action trilogy' directed by former DOP Andrzej Bartkowiak, although I'll bet everyone's sorry they cast straight-to-video ex-star Seagal.

Subsequently called by co-star DMX a 'fucking fuckhead', he plays the same indestructible cop he always plays, teaming up with a former dotcom millionaire (DMX) to bust open a corrupt cop network.

Set down the ethos for the rest of the 'series'; a melding of urban black style and martial arts staging (good idea), the comic talents of Anthony Anderson (good idea), and the bizarre inclusion of Tom Arnold (strange idea).

Heaps of action and chop-socky (amped up later on thanks to Jet Li taking over Seagal's mantle in Romeo Must Die and Cradle 2 The Grave), but mostly panned nowadays thanks to the guilt-by-association of Seagal's performance.

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