Driven to Kill (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Ruslan Drachev (Steven Seagal) was once a powerful and respected enforcer for the Russian mafia, but he has left that life behind him, to an extent. While he now lives a calmer life as a writer, he remains connected to his old lifestyle, as his daughter is engaged to the son of a Russian crime kingpin. His potential son-in-law isn’t interested in joining the mafia’s ranks however, despite his father’s powerful place in the business. Just before the wedding was to take place however, Ruslan’s ex-wife and daughter were attacked in brutal fashion. Ruslan doesn’t want to revisit the violence of his past, but in order to find the truth and protect his family, he is forced to. When he discovers that the Russian mob was involved, in an effort to push the kingpin’s son into service, Ruslan knows he faces imposing odds. But can this former enforcer uncover the truth and settle the score with organized crime, or will he find himself destroyed by his own past?

How the mighty have fallen. Once a capable action hero, Steven Seagal was then abducted by aliens, replaced by a clone, and saw his career crash and burn. At least that is what his ex-wife would like us to believe. Aliens or not, Seagal went from a solid action star to direct-to-video washout in quick fashion, which is a shame. Seagal has good presence, capable action skills, and used to have a sweet ponytail, but his recent films have been awful. In Driven to Kill, we have his worst movie thus far, a low rent, bargain basement disaster that stinks to high heaven. Seagal is so out of shape, he can’t even make the action scenes work and this is just painful to watch. I know a lot of folks keep watching his films, hoping for a return to form, but Driven to Kill might be the movie that dashes that last ounce of hope.

Video: How does it look?

Driven to Kill is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. As if the bad movie wasn’t enough, we’re also given a transfer that borders on total catastrophe. The image has passable detail, but resembles a DVD transfer, as opposed to high definition. I would be disappointed if this was a DVD however, so of course I am very let down with this passed off as high definition. I saw a lot of digital artifacts, which is inexcusable at this point. The contrast is stable, but colors run rampant and never seem to settle down, leaving us with a total mess.

Audio: How does it sound?

The bad news continues, as even this DTS HD 5.1 option fails to deliver. This might be a lossless surround sound track, but you’d never know it. The audio remains in the front channels throughout, even when the action picks up. This makes the movie seem like an old made-for-television production, as opposed to a feature film. This kind of material benefits greatly from an active audio treatment, but this one is weak and limited. Driven to Kill was given no attention, during production and when prepped for home video, a total sham from top to bottom. This disc also includes subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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