Film: Exit Wounds

2001 action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and starring Steven Seagal. Based In Name Only on the book of the same name by John Westermann.

Orin Boyd (Seagal) is a Detroit police officer. At the start of the film, Orin saves the life of the Vice President of the United States from a group of militants, but causes a lot of havoc in doing so. Precinct captain Frank Daniels (Bruce McGill) is pissed, so he reassigns Orin to 15th precinct - the worst precinct in the city. Amidst attending anger management classes, Orin begins to suspect that local affluent drug dealer Latrell Walker (Earl "DMX" Simmons) and his fast-talking sidekick T.K. Johnson (Anthony Anderson) are engaged in shady business. However, he turns out to be wrong. Actually, it's corrupt police who are running the precinct's drug trade. Thus, he and his new partner George Clark (Isaiah Washington) set out to stop them.


This film provides examples of:

  • Destructive Savior: Oren is the hero and goes above and beyond defeating the bad guys, but he ends up causing enough property damage to wreck a major city the size of Detroit. He even destroys half of Detroit working a day as a traffic cop! Wait a minute...
  • Disposable Love Interest: Oren's new captain is an attractive brunette. Eventually, there appears to be something developing between them. Then she goes head-first into her windshield during a collision. She gets a single mention after that, and that's it. Oren completely forgets about her.
  • Gambit Pileup: Nearly every major character has a plan going on, and occasionally crash into each other. Literally.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The main villain dies this way. What adds to the "ouch" factor is the girth of the pipe he fell on and that it wasn't sharp.
  • Self-Defenseless: A bunch of corrupt cops use their tasers on each other for the sake of showing off, bets, and entertainment. Boyd also gets his share, and he beats them all up.
  • Spiritual Successor: Part of a trio of films by Bartkowiak, starting with Romeo Must Die and followed by Cradle 2 the Grave of martial arts buddy cop films (Segal, Jet Li) mixed with rap artists/urban culture, with an added dose of Tom Arnold.