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Hard Luck

5.11 h 41 min200618
This fast-paced action/thriller which brings together an infamous ex-con attempting to live a clean and trouble-free life; a feisty, tough talking pole dancer at a local strip club; a stolen bundle of marked money and a persistent police captain out to capture a pair of serial killers - leading them all into a thrilling, sadistic chain of events.
Mario Van Peebles
Wesley SnipesAubrey DollarJacquelyn Quinones
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Noah FleissKevin ChapmanJames LiaoKevin ThomsMario Van PeeblesLuis GuzmanCybill Shepherd
Donald KushnerBrad WymanMario Van Peebles
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4.0 out of 5 stars

59 global ratings

  1. 49% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 13% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 14% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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PyeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 March 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Very confusing
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Watched the DVD for a while, but the storyline never became clear.
colincReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Four Stars
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A very good Wesley Snipes action film.
sheila andersonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2014
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Five Stars
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aiived on time like the rest easy to unwrap and a good film to watch
STEPHEN R C BURGESSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 March 2018
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Five Stars
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lukeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
great seller. thanks
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cheap buy , great seller . thanks .
Knitting And Reading MadReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 May 2015
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Four Stars
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No problems
Simon WrightReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 January 2012
2.0 out of 5 stars
slighly ok film...
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its probably 1 of the worst wesley snipes films ever. theres about 2-3 scenes of action and only 1 of those scenes has guns in it. the rest of the film doesnt make any sense at all. i think the most exciting bit in this film is where the mustang gets taken and driven to the limits.
if you like a film where theres not much action just a lot of talking and not much else this is the film for you.
the most dramatic bit in this film is when the mans throat is cut open, thats about it. nothing much else in this film.
if you like wesley' the film you are looking for is either Demolition man or blade. or my favourite the detonator. thats a classic. lots of action and killing, and lots of car chases and where they aslo crash.
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SiriamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another good'un from Wesley & Others
I must admit any time I see a Wesley Snipes movie on DVD I am a buyer, simply because the guy has great screen presence (I still see him as the best black actor in the general Clint Eastwood/Bruce Willis type roles zone) and usually (with admittedly a few notable exceptions) he avoids appearing in too many turkeys!

Snipes as usual does not disappoint in this 2006 offering, with a well balanced acting role of "Lucky", a gangster ("hell I probably killed more blacks than the Klu Klux Klan!") trying to go straight despite life's hardships, as shown in an amazing opening sequence using the New Orleans floods as a backdrop, with overall the right balance between acting and action (think the earlier "The Art of War").

This film also has several additional features to recommend it, being:

The reuniting with Mario van Peebles from "New Jack City" who in the director seat, co writer and pushy "good" cop acting roles creates a neat follow on movie with Wesley.
Well structured interlocking stories of the pushy cop and struggling reformed gangster under 1. running parallel with an odd couple of Cybill Shepherd (in full on embittered "crazy mama" role) and her martial arts toy boy (James Liao) who kidnap and torture people in their upstate farm; a group of "dirty cops" who having failed in a sting targeting Wesley that went wrong need to recover their stolen money; and a loser boxer and his girlfriend who get kidnapped by the odd couple (the deleted scenes included in the DVD serve to reinstate the intended build up of this specific story which was clearly cut for general release purposes).
Several great other supporting actors and roles including especially Jacquelyn Quinones as a volatile Hispanic pole dancer Wesley has to "kidnap" to escape the sting and who brings an earthy reality to the role that brings it alive, plus a memorable over the top special appearance by Luis Guzman as a hoodlum porn film producer.
An effective soundtrack by Tree Adams that maybe because I listened to the movie on stereo headphones seemed to underpin the story line a lot better than most other soundtracks (a comment also made by Van Peebles in his "Behind the scenes" interview included)
A great feel for location and image through the cinematography and art direction between upstate countryside and lower NYC.

I came pretty close to considering a "5 stars" given all the above but fear the level of deriving from others (especially several shades of Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction") plus the Hollywood ending defeated that accolade!
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