Thursday, September 23, 2021

Podcast: Exit Wounds (2001)

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Since we are completists, we circled back to watch Exit Wounds (2001). Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and starring... well just switch out the cast from Cradle 2 the Grave but replace Jet Li with Steven Seagal. And add Michael Jai White, Jill Hennessy, Bill Duke, and the visage of Eva Mendes.

Orin Boyd (Seagal) is a loose cannon Detroit cop who is in a lot of trouble for saving the vice president’s life. As punishment, he must go to the the dreaded Precinct 15, the most corrupt precinct in the entire city. While there, Boyd has situations thrust upon where where he is required to Judo like fifty guys; whether it be the half dozen street punks trying to steal his truck, or the elaborate heist in the hall of records.

Through his bumbling, Boyd eventually figures out the force is crawling with corrupt cops trafficking heroin by soaking t-shirts in it and then drying them (yes, that’s their actual plan). Will he have to settle the score himself? Or will he have a little help from friend/foe Latrell (DMX)? Seagal also pummels a bouncer in the face with a chain for basically no reason.

Some Notes:

  • For some inexplicable reason, the producers cast a yet-to-be-super-famous Eva Mendes in a small role, but completely re-dubbed her voice. In an interview on the Daily Show a few years later, Mendes claimed that a producer said she "didn't sound intelligent enough."
  • In this movie, Michigan militia members disguise themselves as motorcycle cops and try to kill the vice president. Thus proving my theory (similar to "all helicopters in movies blow up") that all motorcycle cops in movies are evil (see: Exit Wounds, Magnum Force, Terminator 2).
  • A helicopter also blows up in this movie when Seagal shoots a handgun that sounds like an Uzi at it.
  • This a second time DMX Anthony Anderson Tom Arnold have stared in Cradle 2 the grave together (source)

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