In HellAugust 8, 2003
A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the wardens' entertainment.
Release Year: 2003
Rating: 5.9/10 (7,996 voted)
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lawrence Taylor, Marnie Alton
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 he's 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 wife's 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. Kyle's cellmate 451 begins to make him think what he fights 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.
Writers: Eric James Virgets, Jorge Alvarez
Jean-Claude Van Damme
(as Malakai Davidson)
Jorge Luis Abreu
Michael Bailey Smith
Filmax International (Spanish) |
Release Date: 8 August 2003
Filming Locations: Bulgaria
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $302,979
(8 August 2003)
(28 August 2003)
Did You Know?
Lawrence Taylor's character is named 451, a reference to Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451.
Without evil, we would never recognize good.
brutal prison drama
I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this film, as it was a very
hard hitting and brutal drama, which I didn't expect from a Van Damme
Certain scenes I found profoundly disturbing, but also very gripping and
compelling. I think this film deserved more praise than it recieved on
release, but fans of Van Damme will like it anyway!!! It may also come as
surprise to a more varied movie goer, like it did to me.