Director(s): Ringo Lam
Available Quality: Hi Def
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IMDB Rating: 5.9 out of 10 (7652 votes)
Kyle LeBlanc is an American working overseas in Russia. When he hears his wife being attacked over the phone, Kyle rushes home to find that hes too late. The man who killed his wife is found not guilty on lack of evidence. So Kyle takes the law into his own hands, and kills the man to avenge his wifes death. He is sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Russian prison he is sent to is tough, and the warden amuses himself by putting on fights where he fills his pockets with money by betting on the fights. Kyle begins to break and go crazy, so he is forced into these fights because the warden knows he is a sure thing. Kyles cellmate 451 begins to make him think what he fighting for. With that, Kyle knows now he must fight another battle the fight for inner peace. It is the only way he can become the man he once was.
disdressed12 (22 May 2013)
as far as i know,this movie represents a big departure for Jean ClaudeVan Damme.to me,it marks the first time he has put in a good actingperformance.this movie is more of a drama than anything.there are somefight scenes,but they are much more realistic and gritty than his pastfilms,at the one i have seen.the movie also contains some very brutalmoments,some implied,others shown. Van Damme's character is shown asvery human in this movie.there was also a point to the film,somethingsorely lacking in previous efforts.it was entertaining,but also veryhard to watch at times.if you are expecting over the top fights andstunts,you won't find it here.instead you will find what seems to me tobe a fairly accurate portrayal of life in prison,and the horrors thatoccur there.for me "In Hell" is a strong 7/10 based largely on itsrealism and Van Damme' heart wrenching performance.
(21 May 2013)
Van Damne delivers a great new movie, thank god, because if he did another bad movie, and see and hear bad comments, he will prolly call it quits but no he still got it.I expected a little more from this movie, like he did fight, but no fancy kicking just punching, but the movie was still good.
(20 May 2013)
This review is from: In Hell (DVD) Please support this movie. In Hell is a movie that attempts to fill its dark, prison combating with more than meets the eye, and even though In Hell isn't an entirely successful picture it is infused with enough ingredients to warrant multiple viewings. I mean you've got to give Van Damme credit after all these yrs, and flops, he's still bustin it and genuinely trying to make a non inferior product, sure he's got to pay the bills but one gets the feeling that with this movie it's also still about creativity and entertainment.
Golgo-13 (19 May 2013)
Believe it or not, this little Van Damme vehicle isn't too bad.Basically, the story revolves around a man who kills his wife'smurderer (who got off because of family connections) and is then sentto a tough prison and must learn to survive and deal with an assortmentof colorful characters. The warden stages fights to bet on andeventually VD becomes involved, all the while losing his morals. Thefights are not the usual VD style; there are no flying kicks or specialkung fu maneuversÂ it's just brutal street fighting (with a side ofwrestling). For being a direct-to-video release, the production allaround is quite decent, despite a couple cheesy plot points. If you'rea fan of prison flicks, you'll probably enjoy this one.
dem0nic (19 May 2013)
Not what we expect from Van Damme, most of the time he's getting battered,and when he did fight it was just throwing punches. Saying that it's awatchable movie and probably one of Van Dammes better acting attempts,playing the part of a broken man who cant fight.Much better then his last movie Derailed and shows Van Damme isn't bowingout yet. Lets just hope his next movie brings us more action and lessdrama!
barbarossa-3 (18 May 2013)
The authors know nothing about Russians prisons, the movie isabsolutely cockamamie, has nothing common with the reality. They alsodon't that the foreign prisoners in Russia have a special prison so theforeigners NEVER live together with Russian criminals. The uniforms inthis movie look if they were stolen somewhere in Latin America.Prisoners in Russia also don't work outside the prison. Each kill inRussian prison is a subject of investigation so the prisoners kill eachother only if there some very important reasons. Playing soccer is alsoforbidden in the prisons, contacts between the prisoners are veryrestricted, no chance for bloody combats etc etc etc. So this movie hasNothing common with the reality.
BroadswordCallinDannyBoy (17 May 2013)
Van Damme has experienced a similar dip in his career as Seagal. But out ofthe two of them, Van Damme is, without question, better.In this movie he is sent to prison after avenging his wife's death. Thejoint is somewhere in Russia and the warden is a notorious sadist who makesprisoners fight to the death. Basically nothing too original story-wise, butwhat can you expect from Van Damme?There are a few attempts throughout the movie to bring drama to the storyand they are a bit cheesy and over done, but still ok. The brutal andintense fight scenes are what make this film a good effort from Van Damme.They also show that he can whoop Seagal's butt any day of the week.6/10
whpratt1 (16 May 2013)
Jean-Claude Van Damme,(Kyle), "Wake of Death",'04, wound up in prisonjust because of police stupidity and has a life sentence in a place noperson would ever want to stay even for five (5) minutes. Kyleencounters all kinds of strange people and very horny men who desiresex the Hersey way and lots more. The prison personnel and their wivesenjoyed watching boxing matches in which the prisoners fought to killeach other. There was all kinds of corruption among the guards andinmates, some of them betrayed their fellow inmates, which sent them tosewers and filthy conditions to sleep and eat. Jean-Claude Van Dammeand the cast of actors did a fantastic acting performance, a verygraphic story about the horrors of men in prison.
farkhan20 (16 May 2013)
After a long time we have seen a touching and sensational movie of JeanClaude van Damme. The fighting style is totally changed by Van Damme . Hefills the color of realism in his fights, the actual way a normal person(Engineer Kyle Lord ) should fight. Lawrence Taylor(451) was good in hisacting skills.The character of the giant which dies in the end was also a goodone.The direction was normal by Ringo Lam.The film shows extreme violencewhichtakes place in a jail which is like a kind of hell where there is no valueof a human life and u have to fight your way through .An A grade movie you will not be bored in this 20 million budgetflick
(16 May 2013)
I was surprised to see this movie and can't believe I hadn't seen it before now.Very good acting on Van Dammes part.Nice to see him take some beatings rather than always handing them out.All in all its seemed like this movie is something that could happen in real life and that aspect made the movie more interesting.
(14 May 2013)
This movie suprized me alittle bit, i thought that it wouldn't be that good but it turned out to be a descent film.The movie starts off with Van Damme living a good life. He has a wife and a nice job. But soon everything starts to turn. He calls his wife tells her hes coming home, but before he can come home she is attacked and killed by a thug. Then Van Damme races home to see her dead and catches the thug running off. tThey eventually catch the thug but free him of charges and thats when Van Damme takes matters into his own hands, its pretty funny, he just up and kills the guy. So he his sentenced to life and prison and taken to a isloated location, but he doesnt realize they have fights there and he fights for the guards enjoyment. I wont spoil this film to bad but it turns out to be a good film. But its very violent, i wouldnt recommend it to kids or anyone who doesn't like that stuff (Good thing im 18 but i was 16 when i watches this) 3 starts, descent film, descent story, descent Van Damme.
abarsby (13 May 2013)
I imagine that this is how the Producers pitched this idea to the studioanyway (-:I find myself in the unusual situation of having watched a JCVD movie thatis really, really good !! This is easily the best movie he has evermade.So why is it different from the rest of his tat ?It's because he does NOT play the usual indestructible, cocky, macho,killing machine that he always plays. He plays a NORMAL guy, who is not afighter of any kind, who is forced to fight to survive, and even then he isnot very good at it. AND it contains a MYSTIC MOTH !In fact, the first 50 minutes contains no real fighting at all, just acting,and the movie is all the better for it.And when it does come, there are NO slow motion roundhouse kicks and dizzysomersaults, just plain old brutal prison fist fighting.This film is set in Russia. JCVD's character is fitted up by a corrupt judgefor the rape of his wife, he is sentanced to "life withoutparoll"The wilderness hell-hole he is sent to makes Shawshank look like a SheratonHotel, with sodomy and murder rife. But for some reason, this Russian prisonalso has many American prisoners whom JCVD befriends?He is constantly bullied by the other prisoners and forcibly thrown in 'TheHole' (solitary cell with on-suite open sewer) where his dead wife visitshim in the form of a MOTH !!!Anyway, why spoil the story, you really should rent it out and seeforyourselves. It really is excellent !! I wish JC would make more films likethis.
(12 May 2013)
I used to be a big Van Damme's fan, and still love Blood Sport, Cyborg, and other "old" movies. His new movies are getting worse and worse with each new release though. First he dropped down to the level of Jackie Chan's movies, the Chinese-produced ones. Now he went even one lower, to a B-/C+, third-rate production. The plot is completely cliche, the acting is very amature, and on top of that - once again - Van Damme does No martial arts type fighting whatsoever. I never thought Van Damme was a good actor, but I admire his form, speed, and style in martial arts. Now he is trying to be a "real actor" I guess, which he is not and will never be. All in all, my recommendation is - don't waste your time. Even being a hardcore Van Damme fan I just can't recommend this to anyone at all. Although it seems like a great number of people disagree with me.
(12 May 2013)
i freaking love this movie its one of his best ive seen from this time. Replica was cool and this one was something i wasnt expecting . FOR all u SO CALL FANS SAY O THIS SUCKED CASUE NO FIGHTING. u GUYS ainT FANS NOTHING BUT PU$$Y$. EVERYONE this movie is great good plot cause most prison are like that. nice fighting. and acting aint that bad. MAKes HIM LOOK LIKE A WIMP its a damn movie beside he dosnt know any really moves cause he a fake A ACTOR not like JET LI he the real thing anyways good movie must watch then if u want BUY.
AlShehhi (10 May 2013)
The movie with the story is less than good However, The reason why I give it ( 1 / 10 ) is because of the director who didn't know how to choose his soundtrack .. !!It was stupid & ignorant selection !!!Shame on you ... !!! He should know what I mean ,, !!He is trying to be smart and creative , but in fact , dirty minded .......You could've made it better . !!
Matt_Layden (09 May 2013)
After coming home to a murdered wife, Kyle chases after the man who didit. They get arrested and the man walks away scot free, he comes from awealthy family and has paid off the judge. Kyle can't stand for this,he shoots the man several times right in front of the court house. Thejudge takes this as a disrespect to the law and human life, sentenceshim to life in prison. This is in Russia and the prison he goes to isnot really a nice one. The warden hosts fights between the inmates andmakes money off of them, Kyle soon finds himself tangled in a series offight matches with some real mean dudes. I'm a JCVD fan, so my views on his films tend to be a little bias. Igive them a little break because...well....it's a JCVD film. You shouldknow going into a film starring the guy, you're going to get little onthe acting side and a lot on the kicking side. In Hell flips thisaround a little bit. Instead, we get JCVD pulling out some actingchops. He mourns his dead wife, is beaten emotionally and physicallyand has to deal with the harsh realities of prison. He doesn't go aboveand beyond, but you will get a little bit more out of him here than hisusual fare. Second, the film leaves his splits, 360 spin kicks and other highflying acts at home. In Hell goes for more realistic and gritty fightsequences. There are some moves that belong in a wrestling ring, butfor the most part, these guys look like they are beating the livingcrap out of each other. It makes the viewer feel more for thecharacter, he's not some martial arts guru, he's a guy fighting for hislife. Again, it tends to humanize the character a bit and connects morewith the audience. As far as a JCVD film goes, I would rank this one as one of his betterefforts. as for as prison movies go, I'll let it slide a little bit. Heof course befriends the one guy people seem to be afraid of. The guardstreat him worse than the other inmates and he is thrown into isolationmore times than we can count. Predictable and clichÃ©d prison bits, butit's expected. You can guess how one big fight scene will go downbecause of the way he interacted with the guy while thrown inisolation, so the film doesn't throw any surprises our way. It's also tame on the escape scenes. There are a few, and it neverfeels like we are on the edge of our seat, wanting them to escape. Thisis a feeling you need to get from the audience when characters aretrying to flee for their lives, this film manages to side step this. In Hell is a surprisingly decent movie, I'm sure if it starred anyoneother than JCVD I would give it a negative review, so take thatwhichever way you want to.
Claudio Carvalho (09 May 2013)
In Russia, the American engineer Kyle LeBlanc (Jean-Claude Van Damme) istemporarily working overseas in a steel mill. His wife Grey LeBlanc (MarnieAlton) and him are in love for each other and Kyle intends to spend somevacation days together with her on the beach. However, Grey is raped andkilled by a man when Kyle is coming back home. The killer is arrested, butthe corrupt Russian judge absolves him. Kyle makes justice with his ownhands and shoots the assassin in the building of the tribunal. He is judgedand sent to a life sentence without parole in a violent and corrupt Russianprison. There, he has a journey to hell with his body, fighting a contestcalled "sparka', and soul, through his rage. His redemption emerges throughthe memory of his wife. The theme `prison' is very commercial and I do notknow how many movies I have seen about brutal prisons: `Midnight Express',`Brubaker', `Undisputed', `The Last Castle', `Mean Machine', `Lock Up'immediately pops in my memory. `Hell' is another good movie about prison,and certainly one of the best of Van Damme filmography. Although being fullof clichÃ©s, the story is not bad. The choreographies of the fights are verywell executed. Even Van Damme has a good performance as a man who becomesblind by his rage and fights against his own demons looking for redemption.My vote is seven.Title (Brazil): `Hell'
(08 May 2013)
In Hell is one of the best JCVD movies from his recent direct to video offerings. In the film, he plays Kyle LeBlanc, a French-American man living and working in Russia with his American wife, who soon gets brutally murdered. Kyle is then sent to a Russian prison after he murders the man who killed his wife. Of course, this prison is no cakewalk...actually it makes Oswald State Prison from the HBO show "Oz" literally look like Disney World. The warden and guards are all corrupt and the prisoners who have money get all the perks. The warden also sets up a human cockfighting arena on the prison grounds where he has two prisoners fight (most of the time fight to the death) and he and his friends take bets on the winners. Of course, JCVD sets out to make his way through this corrupt system, help his new prison friends, and get revenge for his wife's death. The film is very dark, brutal, and bloody, but it is beautifully filmed. There is one scene in particular when Kyle is thrown in "the hole" for misbehaving. In that scene, after Kyle loses hope and tries to hang himself, a moth flies down from the window/rafters above him and the camera beautifully follows it down as it flutters toward Kyle, and then it lands on the handle of the spoon that is in his untouched bowl of gruel, as if to say, "Eat. Get stronger, and you will be able to free yourself from this place." I know it sounds really corny, but it is really a lovely scene and not something that you typically see in JCVD films. The DVD transfer is awesome. Picture and sound quality are good and you get widescreen and fullscreen to choose from.Definitely a movie to see, whether you like Van Damme or not. It's a movie for anyone who has ever lost anyone they loved or had their life inexplicably turned upside down and had to fight to get things right.
(07 May 2013)
As others have noted, both this and "Wake of Death" have shown a change in direction for Van Damme, choosing to delve more into complex roles, drama, and believable acting, rather than two dimensional fight movies. Not that I suspect we will be seeing him on the nomination list at the Oscars any time soon, but here again he turns in a credible performance. After being jailed for avenging his wifes murder, he is subjected to a brutal Eastern Block prison regime, where the dollar rules, the guards and warden are corrupt, and you sleep with one eye open. We see the gradual deterioration of an outwardly "normal" man, whose only means of survival is to become one of the cruel and violent inmates he has come to despise. The fight sequences are short, snappy, brutal and bloody (no box splits, or flying spinning back kicks here) and the viewer is immersed into the savage world of gangs, violence, and desperation. "In Hell" is an apt title, but the film has some surprising twists, and different outcome to what one might expect, and is well directed and well scripted throughout. Hardly an original story, but the European makeover adds another dimension to a standard prison flick of say "Lock Up" or many others. On the whole, I recommend this movie, and hope to see Van Damme continue to develop his characters in this way. I've always enjoyed his other, and often more aimless fight movies so felt a teeny bit agrieved at the lack of martial arts, but overall the movie is pretty darn good. Enjoy!
ruinously (07 May 2013)
I think JCVD just wanted to work on a movie. The best he could find isthis prison movie/ brutal fight scenes flick. Competent, but just notthat interesting. A pretty complicated and ridiculous story for what isjust a flimsy backdrop for JCVD to kick ass in brutal fight scenes.Those brutal fights are pretty awesome and JCVD pulled in a greatperformance, so this flick does have some things going for it. LawrenceTaylor is very competent as a fellow prisoner of JCVDs and I was gladto see him.Check it out, just don't be surprised if it winds up near the bottom onyour Van Damme favorite film list. You rule if you have a Van Dammefavorite film list.
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