Film / Hard to Kill

Hard to Kill is a 1990 action film starring Steven Seagal and Kelly LeBrock, who's best known for her role as Lisa in the John Hughes teen movie Weird Science.

Seagall plays a detective named Mason Storm. He was left in a coma after being hit in fire fight that killed his wife. He awakes from his coma 7 years later and goes on a journey to avenge his wife.

Tropes used in this film:

  • And This Is for...: When Storm stabs Axel in his neck with a pool stick and kicks him down to his death saying this:
    Storm: That's for my wife. Fuck you and die.
  • Artistic License Biology: Storm's awakening from a seven-year long coma had him as being alert and able to speak within a matter of minutes, although in reality, the process could take many months or years. And let's not forget his quickly relearned ability to walk, run and fight...
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Mason Storm.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: Storm interrupts the bad guys after they just started playing.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Happens when Storm sees his wife being murdered before his eyes.
    • Also done by Vernon when Storm is about to pull the trigger on the shotgun shooting his balls, missing on purpose.
  • Catch-Phrase: Senator Trent's "you can take that to the bank". His use of the phrase during his public appearances helps Mason to go after him.
  • Cowboy Cop: Before his coma, Storm had no problem beating the crap out of a bunch of robbers (though it should be noted they literally shot the store clerk to death in front of him and weren't very subtle about doing the same to him). Averted after his coma, since he's been believed to be dead for years and no longer has any real authority.
  • Cruel Mercy: This movie featured Seagal's attempt at this trope. After roughing up the villain anyway, Mason tells him "Death is far too merciful a fate for you. So what I'm going to do is put you in prison. A nice petite white boy like you in a federal penitentiary... now let me just put it this way: I don't think you'll be able to remain anal-retentive for very long."
  • Death by Falling Over: Hulland sure did die pretty easily after being briefly choked with his own tie and the dropped on the floor, didn't he?
  • Dirty Cop: And there all under Trent's payroll too.
  • Faking the Dead: When O'Malley learns that Mason didn't die on the operating table, he ensures that rest of the world believes that he did.
  • Groin Attack: Mason pretends to shoot Trent on the balls, but deliberately misses and quips that they must be smaller than he thought. Then he knees him.
  • HA HA HA No: After the robber blasts the store merchant with his shotgun:
    Robber: [laughs manically then gets serious] Now you only got half a mind.
  • Internal Affairs: O'Malley, who as a friend Mason, is portrayed positively.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Kelly LeBrock, who was also married to Seagal at the time, could also qualify her as a Mrs. Fanservice. Seagal did alright himself for the time, by the way.
  • Neck Snap: During a fight with one of the guys thats responsible for killing his wife, Storm finishes him off with a neck snap with the public watching.
  • Signature Line: Delivered by Mason to a television appearance of Trent. "I'm gonna take you to the bank, Senator Trent. To the blood bank."
  • Sleazy Politician: Senator Vernon Trent, the man who put the hit on Mason, his partner, and his family
  • Training Montage: Mason's training after waking up from the coma.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The dirty cops have no problem about trying to kill Mason's son.