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Beyond Forgiveness (1994) RARE DVD

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Beyond Forgiveness (1994) Thomas Ian Griffith, John Rhys-Davies

Director: Bob Misioroski

Co-stars: Rutger Hauer

95 minutes, Color

Region 0 very good video/audio quality

DVD comes with custom professional disc artwork!!

Action star Thomas Ian Griffith exhibits his usual decent judgment in script selection even if BEYOND FORGIVENESS lacks the tautness of his other vehicle, ULTERIOR MOTIVES. Whereas other second-string straight-to-video stars adopt a hit-and-miss approach to story values and concentrate on a film's fight sequences, the choosy Griffiths selects scripts strong in motivational value and sociological subtext (even if plot logic becomes as rubberized as it does in other martial arts tourneys).

On the eve of his wedding, a rookie cop delights his brother, veteran police detective Frank (Thomas Ian Griffith), with the news that he'll turn in his badge for a chance at a college diploma. Unfortunately, a routine car check results in his getting gunned down by a visiting Polish gangster, Scarface (Aleksander Wysochi). Ignoring the finer points of jurisdiction, hot-head Frank traces his perp through Golden Eagle airlines and flies to unwelcoming Warsaw.

Trading on his own Polish ancestry, Frank ruffles the feathers of a local inspector, Bielski (Andrzej Zielinski), who brooks no Yankee interference--at first. After becoming involved in a shoot-out at a black market swap meet, Frank nets the unwavering cooperation of a frustrated local policeman, Shmuda (John Rhys-Davies). He also attracts the police chief's daughter Anna (Joanna Trzepiecinska) who, fortuitously for Frank, works for philanthropist surgeon/criminal mastermind Dr. Lem (Rutger Hauer). After a Russian immigrant child disappears, Frank stumbles onto a conspiracy concerning an underground organ-donor racket headed by Lem. After dispatching Scarface, Frank realizes some higher-ups want him to go home to America. Convincing nurse Anna of the possibility of full-scale non-elective surgeries conducted by greedy Doctor Lem, Frank infiltrates a facility once used for torturing political prisoners, but now used to murder and steal organs from poor victims to sell to the sickly rich.

Frank locates the missing Russian boy in time, but soon thereafter Dr. Lem decides that our hero looks like a healthy specimen. Breaking free of his gurney and aided by Bielski, Frank rescues Anna from Lem's clutches. In a last-ditch effort to catch Lem, Frank clings to the bottom of Lem's departing copter. Frank plants a bomb that ends the transplant thief's life of crime and profit.

Although the unwitting-organ-donor plotline has kept a dozen TV series and writer Robin Cook busy for years, BEYOND FORGIVENESS manages a few fresh spins on the medical horror story basics. If one laments the overkill of blasting away Griffith's brother right after his pre-marital celebration, at least it pushes our hero quickly overseas where the film kicks into high gear. Sensibly, the script also doesn't send an ugly American to a country with which he has no ties or language skills. As a result, Frank carries himself not like a superhero but like a frazzled cop with a beef. Because Griffith's flying feet are thus grounded in reality, the screenplay's more far-fetched turns are navigable by an already rooting audience hooked by a flick that mixes polka music and machine-gun fire without jarring results.

As his swinish Polish antagonist, Hauer awakens from his usual direct-to-video stupor and contributes microscopically subtle insinuations of evil. Thanks to the profiteer doctor's machinations and the efforts of all those extras attempting to maul Griffith, BEYOND FORGIVENESS is reasonably exciting nonsense. Boasting a James Bond-like climax on a whirlybird, the movie also features an intricately shot flea-market artillery practice in which the bad guys wipe out an accordion player. Slipping in humorous bits like this, BEYOND FORGIVENESS gives action fans few opportunities to notice the films familiarity; they'll be too busy chuckling in between gasps of surprise.