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Most Steven Seagal flicks--chock-full of hissing sideways glances, inane dialogue and pointlessly violent shoot-outs--are usually below the law of good cinematic palatability. Exit Wounds is all that and more. But surprisingly, it's also mildly entertaining. A large part of that is due to the--maintain perspective here--witty script and comic relief provided by Tom Arnold's rage-aholic talk-show host and Anthony Anderson's pudgy, fast-talking homeboy.
Plus, cinematographer turned director Andrzej Bartkowiak conjures up a handsomely slick city environment. Somewhere in there, Seagal plays a maverick Detroit cop busted down to an inner-city beat where he uncovers a far-reaching police-department conspiracy. He then pairs up with a sullen hip-hop gangsta (soulfully charismatic rap star DMX) to make things right. Even Seagal seems to be having fun for once.