Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > DVD Discussions > DVD Reviews and Recommendations
Reload this Page >

AVOID Seagal's Latest, "Ticker"

DVD Reviews and Recommendations Read, Post and Request DVD Reviews.

AVOID Seagal's Latest, "Ticker"

Old 07-10-01, 02:21 AM
  #1  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 2,515
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
AVOID Seagal's Latest, "Ticker"

"Ticker" (2001)
(A 2001 release, but completed a long time ago)
- Starring Steven Seagal, Tom Sizemore, and Dennis Hopper.
- Region Free DVD available now at http://www.dddhouse.com
- Region 1 Release: Not if we're lucky.

Oh my goodness. If you want to see just how far Steven Seagal had fallen before Joel Silver and Jenny Craig resurrected his career, look no further than "Ticker" (2001). Watching this crud makes me appreciate the professional studio competence of Seagal bombs like Glimmer Man and even Fire Down Below. Directed by the king of hack directors, Albert Pyun, Ticker follows a bomb squad captain (Seagal) and cop-on-the-edge (Tom Sizemore) as they try to stop a mad bomber (Dennis Hopper) from blowing up San Francisco.

Yep, that's right. Sizemore and Hopper are in this film. As are Jaime Pressly, Peter Greene (the "gimp" guy from Usual Suspects), and Ice-T. This film must have had SOME potential at some point for all these actors to have signed up to it. While you'd never mistake it for a studio picture, it is clearly more expensive than the usual independent, direct-to-video action filler. There are several big explosions, varied sets, decent lighting, and a competent musical score. It's too bad then, that they let Albert "Who needs talent when you've got moxie?" Pyun get his hands on this picture. How many films has this guy directed? And in all that time, the only thing he seems to have learned is that a good cinematographer can make your inept, piece-of-trash film look better in short previews.

Right from the opening action sequence, it's clear that Pyun's incompetence is the cause of this film's awfulness. Everything else is fine for a DTV movie: Lots of extras in full costume, good location, decent lighting and sound. But Pyun can't even put together a basic, A-to-B action sequence. He jumps all over the place, never giving you a clear idea of what's happening or the geography, never properly introducing characters to a scene. e.g., The opening features a SWAT team assaulting a mansion where terrorists are barricaded. You are introduced to what appears to be the main terrorist. He points a gun at the hostage. THEN YOU NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN. SWAT starts shooting at god knows what. All of a sudden we cut to Dennis Hoppper in a dark room setting a bomb (Is he in the house? Is he outside? You'll never know.) and explosions start going off. What happened to the terrorists? How were they connected to Hopper? Who keeps giving Pyun money to make movies? And that's one of the BETTER action scenes in the film.

And it's not as if this editing is part of an intentional stylistic choice like in a Jerry Bruckheimer film. It's just pure incompetence. Pyun's got an eye for visuals like Stevie Wonder. I've literally seen better composition and camera setups in home movies.

Okay, so the shootouts and highly director-dependent action like car chases suck. At least Seagal kicks some ass, right? WRONG. There are two short martial arts fights in the film. One of them is shot in almost total darkness. The other scene is worse: They show the baddies being rapidly demolished by what is clearly a stunt double's hands, then cut to a closeup of Seagal while he stands in a DIFFERENT ROOM! The audacity! I don't blame them though. Seagal looks like Marlon Brando after being woken at 5 am and forced to smoke weed. Just incredibly pudgy, droopy, and unfocussed. They did a remarkable job cleaning him up for Exit Wounds.

So, Ticker doesn't even work on the trashy but enthusiastic action level that the South African Delta Force movies do. And like most DTV flicks, there's little else on offer. The script jumps from scene to scene with little reason (possibly due to Pyun's direction) and the actors sleepwalk through their roles, though even a sleepwalking Sizemore shows why he gets regular work in A-list movies.

Bottomline, avoid this POS at all costs.
Old 07-10-01, 02:43 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 4,174
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Can someone please tell me what the hell is wrong with Dennis Hopper? This guy is in every trashy late-night DTV movie there is, and he is a good actor.
Old 07-10-01, 03:47 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Posts: 2,944
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Can someone please tell me what the hell is wrong with Dennis Hopper? This guy is in every trashy late-night DTV movie there is, and he is a good actor.
Heh; my friends and I were asking the same question after watching Blue Velvet the other night. After reading Peter Biskind's book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, I think the answer is that many industry-types find him 'unemployable' (some go as far as to say that he was blackballed in Hollywood for several years). I know he's kept busy (acting in mostly bad movies, with his art collection and photography, with directing, with trying to remember how he spent the '60s and '70s), but its too bad more directors didn't put him to good use in the '90s.

Moving to Reviews forum. (BTW, good write-up, ipkevin.)

--Heather
Movie Talk moderator
Old 07-10-01, 10:31 AM
  #4  
Moderator
 
Geofferson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: The Village Green
Posts: 39,220
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Never even heard of this one. Sadly, I'll want to check it out though as I am big fans of Tom Sizemore and Dennis Hopper.
Old 07-10-01, 02:21 PM
  #5  
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 89
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by bodai
Never even heard of this one. Sadly, I'll want to check it out though as I am big fans of Tom Sizemore and Dennis Hopper.

http://www.upcomingmovies.com/ticker.html
Old 07-11-01, 04:52 PM
  #6  
Needs to contact an admin about multiple accounts
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: USA
Posts: 839
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm going to rent this, just so my girlfriend can laugh at Seagal and make fun of him. She hates him with a passion and calls him the "Bloated rapist and martial artist."

(For anyone that pays attention, Seagal has been accused of, shall we say, WRONG behavior with his female co-stars.)
Old 07-11-01, 05:19 PM
  #7  
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 89
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Matt Stevens
I'm going to rent this, just so my girlfriend can laugh at Seagal and make fun of him. She hates him with a passion and calls him the "Bloated rapist and martial artist."

(For anyone that pays attention, Seagal has been accused of, shall we say, WRONG behavior with his female co-stars.)
Who cares about females when you watch Steven Seagal movies ? it's all about Aikido Shoot to Kill
Old 07-11-01, 07:05 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 2,515
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Matt Stevens

(For anyone that pays attention, Seagal has been accused of, shall we say, WRONG behavior with his female co-stars.)
Heh heh. I believe it was during the filming of this movie where Seagal's behaviour caused his most public humiliation. He went to Jaime Pressly's trailer offerring a massage and "medicinal herb". I guess he got a little too thorough with the massage. She sued, they paid her off.

Man, it's sad to see him go from the focussed bad-ass martial arts master to the bloated monster in less than 10 years (Under Siege 2). There's a lesson in there somewhere.
Old 07-11-01, 10:14 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Posts: 953
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I hate just about every movie that he's been in. So when Exit Wounds came out I turned my head. There was one movie of his that I actually loved though. Executive Decision
Old 07-11-01, 11:07 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 1,424
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by khieng
I hate just about every movie that he's been in. So when Exit Wounds came out I turned my head. There was one movie of his that I actually loved though. Executive Decision
and thats only because
Spoiler:
He was killed off in the first 20 mins
Old 07-12-01, 09:59 AM
  #11  
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 471
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Yes. As much as I like Executive Decision,
Spoiler:
Steven Seagal falling out of a plane
was the icing on the cake.

Btw, ipkevin you make this movie sound SO bad I almost want to see it out of curiousity.
Old 07-12-01, 09:01 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Posts: 953
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by demon
Btw, ipkevin you make this movie sound SO bad I almost want to see it out of curiousity.
There's a bit of reverse psychology at play here. DON'T GIVE IN TO THE TEMPTATION!!!
Old 07-14-01, 11:30 AM
  #13  
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Eternity
Posts: 602
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Whats the Aspect Ratio of this movie?

Shawn
Old 07-14-01, 01:57 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 2,515
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Who knows? I saw it on a 1.33:1 VHS tape. This review was initially posted in Movie Talk and mistakenly moved to DVD review by the moderator.

Framing didn't look too cramped, so I'd imagine it was 1.85:1 originally. OTOH, Albert Pyun has a tendency to shoot 2.35:1 even when his movies have no chance of hitting theaters.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.