Belly of the Beast

Belly of the Beast

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Director: Ching Siu Tung, Steven Seagal, Don Ferguson, Byron Mann

Cast: Ching Siu Tung, Steven Seagal, Don Ferguson, Byron Mann

     
 

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Ching Siu Tung directs the straight-to-video action thriller Belly of the Beast. Steven Seagal stars as ex-CIA agent Jake Hopper. He wants to retire peacefully, but is pulled back into the action when his daughter Jessica (Sarah Malakul Lane) is kidnapped by a terrorist group called Abu Karaf. While the rest of the CIA starts a routine investigation, Jake goes

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Ching Siu Tung directs the straight-to-video action thriller Belly of the Beast. Steven Seagal stars as ex-CIA agent Jake Hopper. He wants to retire peacefully, but is pulled back into the action when his daughter Jessica (Sarah Malakul Lane) is kidnapped by a terrorist group called Abu Karaf. While the rest of the CIA starts a routine investigation, Jake goes out on his own to find her. Seagal also co-wrote and co-produced.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Steven Seagal is back, this time in a straight-to-video gem that's actually a whole lot better than you'd expect. Directed by acclaimed Hong Kong director and action choreographer Ching Siu Tung (Duel to the Death, Swordsman II), Belly of the Beast is tight and lean -- a perfect equation for this kind of brainless action flick. Coming off the truly dreadful Half Past Dead, Seagal wisely gets back to his lone-wolf roots here, with a few modern updates added to keep things fresh. While not your typical wire-fu, the fights are aided by a wire rigs here and there, giving each scene a hyper-real feel that certainly benefits the aging action star's performance. Steel-eyed and just a tad bloated, Seagal proves once again that he's still got it -- even without having to pair up with the newest rapper-come-actor or wise-crackin' Rob Schneider rip-off. The mysticism in the plot does tend to get a little confusing and goofy, but that kind of messy filmmaking isn't just welcomed in a flick like this -- it's essential. Certain Eastern influences might have been tamed down in the final cut, though even that doesn't explain some of the hilariously huge plot holes (the never-explained beginning robbery setup and surreal tattoo scene, for example). Still, Belly of the Beast is one doozy of a straight-to-video gem. It's got a short, but sweet, Shaolin monk mental showdown, a few outlandish bullet-time special effects, and a leading man who still likes to kick butt as much as he likes to eat hamburgers. Sometimes, that's all you need for a great time at the movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2011
UPC:
0014381716450
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
37,852

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steven Seagal Jake Hopper
Don Ferguson Security Guard 1
Byron Mann Actor
Tom Wu Actor
Monica Lo Actor
Vincent Riotta Actor
Patrick Robinson Actor
Sara Malakul Lane Jessica Hopper
Elloh MacQueen Actor

Technical Credits
Ching Siu Tung Director
Jamie Brown Producer
D.J. Carson Co-producer
Andrea Clark Casting
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Gary Howsam Producer
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Captain Mauzner Producer
Katrina McCarthy Costumes/Costume Designer
Trevor Murray Production Designer
Danny Nowak Cinematographer
David Richardson Editor
Mark Sayer-Wade Score Composer
Steven Seagal Original Story
Trevor Short Executive Producer
John Thompson Executive Producer
James Townsend Screenwriter
Charles Wang Producer
Jeremy Zimmermann Casting

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Belly of the Beast 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is so-so. the only high point is that steven seagal is the main hero. there is way too much 'matrix' action. the seagal action is not like the action that you saw in marked for death or under siege. the plot and special effects are really good though. this movie should have went to theaters and could have been legit competition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent action film portraying Sensei Segal as he should be as well as carrying his mesage. The wire work employed is enjoyable though unnecesary in that Sensei Segals' presence and capabilities could easily carry any film. 'Belly of the Beast' comes as a great relief after the past two straight to video films, 'The Foreigner' and 'Out for a kill'. This film should have been in the theaters.