Director(s): Tibor Takács
Country: Canada, Netherlands
Available Quality: DivX
IMDB Rating: 4.8 out of 10 (615 votes)
When a man is murdered in Moscow, experimental bionic research brings him back to life. He then sets out to find his murderers and money that was stolen during the crime.
(21 May 2013)
This review is from: Redline (DVD) The entire idea of this movie is absurd but the only good thing is the two stars and the nudity witin this movie. Otherwise, forget it. There are other movies better written and acted.
William Brown (21 May 2013)
Gee, what's not to like about this movie? The acting? It's serviceableenough considering this isn't a big budget film. Rutger Hauer's finestwork is not demonstrated here, but still this is a Rutger Hauer filmwhich means that it will be a bit different from the regularstraight-to-video junk you see. The shootouts were laughable? Of coursethey were! Shootouts are always laughable in every movie in which ahero survives totally unscathed. The two notable exceptions are "SavingPrivate Ryan" and "Tombstone". There are a few others, but at leastHauer and Scio aren't sliding down glaciers on a car fender orsomething of that ilk.Let's put things in proper perspective. When you have a movie thatsounds good before it goes on paper, but doesn't look nearly as goodafter the ink has dried you find ways to make it not a complete wasteof time. So you do the following: 1. Get Rutger Hauer2. Buy lots of bullets (hero resistant, of course!)3. Get a beautiful actress (and in this caseYvonne Scio is a 10!)4. Buy some more bullets5. Show lots of skin (Nude female bodybuilders withsoft muscles...hmmmm)6. Have sex ...lots of it7. Buy a few more bullets8. Kill all the bad guys (but only after you revealthat some good guys are bad and worse than thebad guy you were originally after who turns outto be easier to kill than expected)9. Throw in convoluted ending (like my previousparenthetical remark)10. Have more sexFor Pete's sake, people this is a cable channel movie. Enjoy it for theadrenaline and the visual pleasure. Don't get hung up on thinking aboutit. I'll watch this one again, if there isn't anything else on, or Ineed an Yvonne Scio fix.
movieman_kev (18 May 2013)
Wade (Rutger Hauer) is an American smuggler of biotechnology, during aRussian job, he's quickly disposed of by Merrick (Mark Dacascos). Butthis being the future, Wade is brought back to life via a clandestinesoviet experimentation and goes about gaining vengeance on the peoplethat offed both him and his girlfriend.Make no bones about it, this film is highly forgettable, but for thetime that it's on it's entertaining enough. A highly simplistic,derivative story for sure, however for fans of excessive cartoonviolence and gratuitous nudity that doesn't advance the plot in theleast bit you'll be entertained.Eye Candy: Anita Neszmenyi; IldikÃ³ SzÃ¼cs, and numerous extras alsoappear topless; Szilvia Bizek & Yvonne SciÃ² show everything My Grade: C- DVD Extras: Picture gallery; trailer for this film; and Trailers for"On the Border", "October 22", & "the Peacekeeper"
(18 May 2013)
This review is from: Redline (DVD) Rutger Hauer plays John Wade, a black market game smuggler, who meets a fatal end in a Soviet statuary graveyard. His partner and assassin is Merrick, a violent gangster. Russian authorities discover Wade's body and reincarnate him despite the gunshot to his head. Please fantasize the Frankenstein castle as a an old Moscow apartment store and slim nurses dressed in red who kiss, lift his injured head so they can drop it on the hard bed. It seems most young women in this post-Soviet future wear little or no clothes. Yvonne Scio's role is as Wade's: 1-late ex-girlfriend 2-a tough-but loveable whore 3-6 multi wigged variations of 1 & 2. Hazard a guess that Ms Scio plays many roles due to the production budget. Merrick's partners are the Trioka. They seem to marinate in a huge Turkish pool in a Moscow somehow caught in an extended winter night. They own the military and police. They watch Most Wanted on giant Blade Runner style video screens; the poor people all own AK-47s. They chase Wade cos he's wanted. Gee, what else can I say? Imagine enjoying Yvonne in states of undress as the reason for the rating.As a used dvd you can watch Dacascos before the excellent "Brotherhood Of The Wolf"-another reason for the rating! Brotherhood of the Wolf - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
spidymac (14 May 2013)
Rutger Hauer has done a number of action films in which the story andoverall production where much more entertaining e.g., "Split Second".However, I am an avid "Action" movie devotee and my personal appraisalof them is usually much higher than say, most movie critics. For whatits worth, I think most action lovers would enjoy this film. I,however, never expected more than the action promised in the given filmsynopsis i.e., until I saw Miss Yvonne Scio. In my opinion, this younglady stole the movie in both an acting and physical sense. She has awholesome beauty and a fantastic physical presence. I became a "Fan"immediately.Further, I was just as pleasantly surprised with Miss Scio's actionperformance as I was with Mira Sorvino's in the "Replacement Killers".'course the critic (Maltin) only gave this movie 2.5 stars and Ithought it deserved at least 4.5 stars. Hell, I guess I'm still theonly one who thinks "The Matrix" was the best movie of the year andcan't understand why I must be the only one with such keen insight. Ohwell, I'm buying the DVD (USA) version titled "Redline", if for noother reason than to ogle Miss Scio.
kelgraham (14 May 2013)
If you like bad writing and even worse acting, you'll like this movie.Whoever signed off on this script must have been having a bad day. TheRussian accents were poorly done, the plot coupled with cheesy actingwas stagnant, and there was nothing original or creative about thisfilm. This is the type of movie that one does not want to claim creditfor on their resume. I quit watching it less than halfway through andtook it back. I didn't even ask for my money back, as I was thatembarrassed to have even watched it. Some movies that are bad one cantell that there was at least some creative effort in the production,not so with this stinker.
Peter Reid (13 May 2013)
In the context of low-ish budget action flicks with Rutger Hauer in them,this really is quite a gem. What sets it apart is the location shooting inreally run down Russian looking locations. The slightly futuristicslightlygone to seed look is great, and equals Blade Runner (though I might be theonly one to think this). Remember the start of the James Bond film in thescrap yard with all the Russian statues, well this is like that onlybetter.The film might never attain greatness, but it has a great Point Blank typestandoff which even makes sense, a great Blade Runner type ending whichmakes sense.Did the other reviewers see the same film, there was not that much sex andviolence when I saw it.
Scott Peterson (12 May 2013)
This movie had the kernel of something different in its concept and layout,but blows it completely. Back from death movies with an action twist havebeen done several times, (good ones being "Robocop" and "The Crow") but thisone doesn't even approach the philosophical aspects other than peoplelooking at Rutger Hauer and saying, "I thought you weredead."No, what made this movie start off different was the bizarre mix of oldEastern European backgrounds and settings with near future technology andlifestyle. This different look was reminiscent of (and done better) inRutger Hauer's other recent movie, "Fatherland."If the movie had tried it could have been a so-so Bladerunner set in Russia,or if it really made a leap it could have been something uniquely it's own.Instead it ruins any hope it had with endless shoot-outs and sex scenes.These in and of themselves don't make much of a plot or a movie, and I keptthinking of those parodies of Hollywood movies, which this one quicklybecame.
johnson50 (11 May 2013)
I actually quite enjoyed it. It is a rather confusing film but RutgerHaueris, as always, good value for money and there was plenty of pace to theconfusing plot - plenty of action and violence too.It always makes a film more interesting when you have some connection withit, as I have with this one. It was filmed in Budapest and, in the thesceneon Budapest Keleti Station, I saw the bench that fell off when I wasasleepa couple of years ago! A pretty tenuous claim to fame, I suspect. Thatalsoexplains why all of the prostitutes are half naked - it's always very hotinBudapest, both the climatically and socially!
Sharon Rice (10 May 2013)
This movie has two pluses in its favor. First, Rutger Hauer looks great.Second, the sets and art direction are very interesting. The movie has astrange blend of Old World buildings, futuristic props and 1940's stylefurniture. Other movies (yes, most notably Blade Runner) have used asimilar look more successfully, but the total effect was still compelling.I did get the impression, however, that they used the same building overandover and just changed the furniture when it was supposed to be a differentlocation.Unfortunately, the filmmakers appear to have spent so much money on thesetthat they had no funds for other essential movie elements such as a scriptthat made sense, costumes for the actresses and an acting coach. I foundthe plot utterly incomprehensible. I have no idea why any character inthemovie did any of the things he/she did. I have no idea what the endingwassupposed to mean.Equally baffling was the fact that the women in the movie wore no clothes.The film is set in Moscow; you'd think they would get cold. Okay, I canunderstand that prostitutes in brothels are not going to fully clad, butcome on--topless women boxers? nude women assassins?Finally, with the exception of Hauer (who really has given some greatperformances in his career), no one in this movie can act. NO ONE!!Robbiethe Robot gave better line readings.In short, if you're looking for a movie filled with meaningless violenceandeven more meaningless sex, you'll love this one.
peace63 (09 May 2013)
Rutger Hauer always seems to look good in almost any movie. Deathlineis a testament to his charisma. The plot is that he is returning to avery corrupt Russia to get revenge on Mark Dacassos, his former partnerwho tried to kill him. Dacassos thinks Rutger is dead, and has mademany profitable allies in the Russian Government. They also want Rutgerdead, so he won't interfere in the illegal activities that Dacassos isrunning with various officials as his partners. Therefore sinceeveryone is trying to kill Rutger, and there is a bounty on his head,the movie is pretty much a string of shootouts from the beginning untilthe end. Then after each shootout Rutger finds himself in the arms ofsome young Russian model who is quickly topless and trying to have somekind of sexual activity with Rutger. Mark Dacassos also gets his shareof scenes with naked women. There really is nothing thought provokingabout Deathline. It is strictly sexual situations with pretty modelsand violent gun-play and some explosions. The pace is pretty fast, sowhile it may not have much substance, the action is non-stop.
t-birkhead (09 May 2013)
Deathline, or Armageddon (the title under which I bought it) orRedline, its name on British TV, is not it must be said anything tooimpressive or spectacular, but for those like me a bit less discerningand more easily amused it is not without a fair amount of easy charm.It tells of John Wade, an American smuggler in futuristic Moscow who isdouble crossed and murdered by his partner. Fortunately a nefariousgovernment agency brings him back to life and he promptly escapes toavenge himself and get his money back. The film is pretty rote stuff,but enlivened by a quick pace, effective mood and a decent body countduring its action sequences. Rutger Hauer plays Wade, one of his manystraight to video action roles and its the sort of thing he could playin his sleep, effortlessly tough and compelling he is good fun to watcheven though he doesn't have anything too inspiring to do. He carriesthe film well, while an underused Mark Dacascos is suitably vicious ashis villainous ex partner. Despite Dacascos being an ace fighter thereare no kung fu skirmishes to speak of which was pretty lame, but hedoes at least have a good nasty demeanour and gets to enact a gnarlybit of digit violence at one stage. Director Tibor Tacacks is a dabhand at this sort of thing and the film is quite atmospheric, he ishelped by the locations (Budapest standing in for Moscow with someimpressive brooding architecture) some neat art direction and flashesof imaginative flair. There is more nudity than usual for this sort offilm, no full frontal but whats there is still very welcome. The actionis pretty unrealistic, with various scenes of poorly aiming evilunderlings failing to make any progress despite their automatic weaponsand getting easily picked off by Hauer. However, some pleasing bloodysquib action means that at least its satisfying to see these variousgoons go down and there are quite a number of them. Lastly, worthmentioning that Randall William Cook shows up here playing a baddie. Hewas the villain in Tibor Takacks' earlier horror gem I, Madman and isequally imposing here, though this is a good deal lesser film.Altogether this is no great shakes, but as an easygoing slice ofentertainment for undemanding action hounds it does OK, slick,interesting and best of all quite good fun it achieves its minor aimspretty well. Not one to eagerly search out then, but for fans of thissort of thing worth a watch I think.
(01 May 2013)
Rutger Hauer must have been really hard-up or hankering for a little recognition to even bother making this awful movie! Frankly, I have never really thought much of Hauer. He appeared in "Blade Runner"... So what!This movie is so bad it's unwatchable!
m_wonderful (01 May 2013)
Give me a break. If you watch this and are griping then you are thedummy for watching it. You know in 5 minutes what this movie is aboutand it mainly delivers.Here is why you should watch and love this movie: Yvonne Scio. Thisbabe is totally, and I mean T TOTALLY!!!!!, babeulicious hot. She hasthis gorgeous curly hair, but kissable lips, and a rocking hot body.Plus, there are other nekkid women in here, too. Still, the hot hot hotMs. Scio is the best reason and yes she is nekkid quite a bit.The one and only gripe I have is Ms. Scio's role seems to change about3 times in the movie. I wish someone could explain that. But, hey!, ifDavid Lynch can do it and be hailed a genius, why not this movie? Ifyou want to be nerdy Roger Ebert wannabe and hate on this, why aren'tyou watching Oprah or some Julia Roberts chick flick? Be a real man,grab some sweet tea and snacks, and sit back and enjoy Ms. Scio, whowill make you feel much better about being a man.
(30 April 2013)
OK I'm the first to admit this dvd is ... but unfortunately so are the actors and the production is not action but very bad impersantions of russians, the pic quality and sound are good but there is no plot to this film, you can normally show any cheap action movie to me and I will find some type of plot or enjoyment, however this is a very low budget ... movie, after watching for 45mins it was totally unbearable, if any one wants my copy please contact me with your details, its yours free because its truly ...
Bezenby (29 April 2013)
Look - the situation is this: I've got two toddlers, a tired wife, anallotment and a full time job. When I sit down to watch a film I'm notthere to be mildly amused by the juxtaposition of social hierarchies orwhat have you - I want things to move briskly, blow up, be gory, benaked, be crazy and above all not be boring. Hence: I like films likethis.This film is set in some futuristic Russia where people can plugthemselves directly into things. I'm not really sure if any of that wasexplained but the plugging in aspect seemed to involve fulfilling yourdreams via cable or something. Anyhoo - Rutger is a smuggler smuglingsome biomechanical circuits when he's double crossed by his buddyMachis and shot in the head. His missus, who betrayed him, also getsshot in the head but when the Russian army turn up they burn her andget right to reviving Rutger using some sophisticamated doo-whackies.Obviously, when Rutger wakes up all he wants to do is shoot his partnerin the head two or three hundred times.Rutger sets out to kill everything (which is endorsed by the folks whorevived him for reasons I couldn't quite understand) and thereforetravels through Moscow in a series of set pieces which convey to methat the film had a higher budget than I thought or else filming inRussian is very cheap. Either way, the set design in this film issomething to behold. Very impressive indeed.Anyhoo - Rutger hooks up with a hooker (Yvonne Scio) who also playedhis missus at the start (err..not sure why) and tries to track downMachis...However, it turns out that Machis is only the icing on thecake when it comes to Russian crime syndicates.Look - The story is flimsy as hell, and director Tibor (something orother) seems to realise this, and therefore fills the film full ofnudity and gore. Believe me when I say this, but this film had morenaked women than I've seen outside of Italian cinema. Ever Rutger getsto do the nasty with Yvonne Scio (an Italian Scream Queen arriving 20years too late), on several occasions, and if that ain't enough, heeven gets attacked by naked assassins.Add to that the gore (a guy having his fingers cut off and being fedthem), and Rutger being attacked by machine gun wielding tramps - whatare you waiting for? Oh, the ending? Lame, but the rest of the film isentertaining enough.
(24 April 2013)
Besides providing an entertaining vision of future Russia,Redline incorporates an enjoyable tale of one man's quest for revenge.If you like Blade Runner,Red Heat or even have a remote interest in Russia and SCI-FI ,then this movie will NOT dissapoint.I have been to Vladivostok,collect Soviet militaria and esoterica,and think that the director really captured the flavor of Russia in this film.The Hind helicopter shots in the beginning are enough reason to buy this film!This movie is HIGHLY underrated and definitely a sleeper.
chris696 (24 April 2013)
After watching the film I can't say I was impressed, I was notsurprised to see in the film nude assassins and plastic looking BBguns. Odd styles of dressing mostly leather and plastic lookingglasses.The locations were bizarre with some futuristic elements with a lot ofold fashioned items like furniture and it appeared the actors only had2 sets of clothes. I must also mention, I think they only used a totalof 6 locations (I could be wrong but I could have sworn the samelocation was used other with some slight furniture rearrangements)The overall story was rubbish, after bringing in military style weaponsand being back stabbed it was a mess of I WANT MY MONEY BACK, the endwas just stupid.
bob the moo (23 April 2013)
Merrick (Dacascos) and Wade (Hauer) are smugglers in near future Russia. Merrick betrays Wade, kills him during a deal and muscles in on one of themain gangs locally. Wade is brought back to life by a shadowy Governmentconspiracy and sets out to seek revenge enrolling the help of a call girl onthe way.I'm a big fan of Mark Dacascos, I don't know why but I just like martialarts and think he's got the charisma that should make him a bigger star. Probably one of the reasons for his lack of star power is that he regularlyappears in stuff like this. It's interesting to see him playing a bad guyfor a change but he really doesn't have anything to do. He gets to do a fewbig kicks etc but other than that it's all down to his ability to actmenacing and bad.....and how does he portray his "bad" side - by having ablack goatee beard. It's that simple, he does do evil things but it's likethe beard is the main thing he does to make his character menacing. Haueris as bad as he always is in these cheap thrillers (Omega Doom anyone?), attimes it does feel like he doesn't care anymore and is just sleepwalkingthrough this role because he needs the work. He isn't believable in theleast as the man driven by revenge who returns from the grave, the wholefilm he has the demeanour of a man who is popping out to buy a paper on aSunday morning - he could have put some emotion into therole!The plot doesn't exactly help the actors do their work. The essence of 'manhunting other man' doesn't really stretch out a whole movie so they bring inlots of Government/police conspiracy involvement and gang war stuff to theparty. This just serves to make a rubbish plot too complicated rather thanadding value. They also add the Point Blank/Payback idea that Hauer isdoing all this just to get his share of the money that he was owed from thedeal. But the double crosses all get a bit silly and boring - especiallytowards the end where the scriptwriters clearly realises that what he'swriting has no excitement or point to it and decides to throw in as manytwists as he can to cover it up. Other issues in the film are left hanging- why is Hauer brought back to life? It's never really explained andeventually is used to create another double-cross. What about the brainplugins? They used several times in the film but there's not detail of themand they're not used any better in the plot than a TV or radio? There areseveral other strands that are not covered well, but I got so fed up withthe constant double crossing that I've left them.The direction and detail of the film just makes it even more annoying. Other reviewers have mentioned nudity, I didn't think there was that muchbut I know what they mean; topless female boxers, topless assassins etc itdoesn't rely on sex to sell itself but it doesn't see the harm in usingtitillation even if it doesn't fit into the plot. Secondly the shootouts(of which there are several spontaneous scenes) are terrible - they don'teven try to be close to reality. Imagine Hauer and a call girl on an openrooftop (with no cover), both have handguns. They are under fire by a largegroup with automatic weapons firing continuously from shielded positions. Both out heroes manage to dispatch the group and escape with great ease andwithout even one shot coming close to them. This is what most of the scenesare like - Hauer just casually shoots at all enemies and all shots at himhit the scenery all round. It really sucked all the excitement out of thesescenes and just made it all look lazy.The insulting bit is that the director still thinks he's making a cleverfilm. In the middle of the film he puts a scene that is straight out of theBattleship Potemkin (a la "The Untouchables"). Is this an attempt to showus that he is a clever director that has seen classic movies and is usingthem to enhance his own style? Or is it a clumsy attempt just to look smart? The scene is so out of place as well and just makes the director lookstupid - the fact that it is out of place just shows how shoddy the rest ofit is. Did the same reference seem out of place in The Untouchables? No!because De Palma's film was all quality and the reason for the scene was notjust to make a film reference (as is the case here).Bad performances, bad plot, bad script, really bad action. I'd read thereviews before I saw it and thought it would pass the time and that Dacascoswould multiply the value of the film. Unfortunately any number multipliedby zero is still zero.
(23 April 2013)
Half of this movie is found on mischief. Too much girls, and little exciting cars.Best part on this DVD is the bonus feature.
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