Half Past Dead
In this action flick, FBI agent Sascha Petrosevitch (Steven Seagal) is posing as a prisoner at the recently reopened Alcatraz, where the most dangerous inmates on death row are imprisoned. Only inmate Lester (Bruce Weitz) knows where 230 million dollars worth of stolen gold is hidden. A well-armed commando force called the “49ers,” led by a pair of ruthless killers (Morris Chestnut and Nia Peeples), is determined to break him out and get his secret. To prevent the escape, Sascha rallies the prisoners against the 49ers.
The film is heavy on combat sequences and deadly action, including a positive portrayal of a suicide bombing. Much of this violence and the prisoners’ rise to the call of duty is far from realistic. In the midst of the violence, some moral thoughtfulness takes place, including discussions on God and the afterlife. The main objection to the film is the near nonstop shooting and fighting, but it is not without redeeming qualities.