In lawless storm ravaged New Orleans, beleaguered Detective Sean Riley is trying to cope with the death of his young son and the abandonment of his wife. Facing a probable suspension from the department, Riley is teamed with a young homicide Detective, Will Ganz, to help solve a series of brutal murders that have plunged the city into a major gang war. The two quickly realize there is something far more sinister going on than either could have ever imagined.
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Devastated by the abandonment of his wife and loss of his son andpartner, Detective Sean Riley (Johnny Strong) is paired up with familyman Det. Will Ganz (Kevin Phillips) to investigate a string of murdersin New Orleans. The killers have taken the life of gangster Weddo's(Method Man) brother, igniting a gang war that threatens to tear apartthe shaky stability after Hurrica Katrina. Things turn personal whenRiley's childhood friend Colin (Sean Patrick Flanery) may be involved.Sinners and Saints works as a pass-the-popcorn Sunday afternoon actionflick. The low budget doesn't detract from the effects, most work welland the shootouts pass without a hitch as the Big Easy effectivelyturns into a war zone. The film isn't particularly smutty, a refreshingdeparture from most straight to DVD action movies. And the story is aconsistently interesting mix of classic mystery clichÃ©s.Neither Strong nor Phillips has the acting chops to serve as the leads,but they turn in adequate performances. Flanery, half the BoondockSaints, is very good as Strong's secretive friend. DTV action moviestaples Kim Coates and Tom Berenger play members of the NOPD. Both havesmall roles that sum up about ten minutes, but it's good to see themoffer their names to the production. Jurgen Prochnow and Method Manplay the big villains.This is a good action movie for a lazy afternoon. I'd recommend it.
Stupid me, saw this movie based on the rating. I didn't bother watchingthe trailer, or check that in fact only about 120 people had rated.Although this move is supposed to take place in New Orleans, whichother than some badly done cuts between scenes was not evidentwhatsoever. No one in the movie even slightly spoke with an accent, thescore didn't include anything that could resemble good music, and Imean as much as I love Meth, even he was out of place, with his effedup face. They couldn't get a southern rapper to play that part? The story was choppy and stupid, apparently even though every goddamned badguy in NO carried a tacticlol assault rifle or shotgun, theynever called for backup, every one of the shootouts were the same,these "military" badguys with apparent super precision, hid behind carwindows, and couldn't hit a barn if they were standing inside it. KevinPhhilips acting was so terrible, that I think it gave me cancer. Thewhole movie just seemed like the guys were drunk one night, threw inevery bad action movie clichÃ© in a pot, stirred it and filmed it withsome friends over the next week and done. In the end the partners justflat out turned into Riggs and a younger Murtaugh, running after carsand hollerin'. I wish I had more arms so I could give it four thumbsdown.
If you go in with an open-mind, and with the understanding that thisfilm was made for 700K - then you might come out of it with a seriousappreciation for those involved.Who in the heck is Johnny Strong, and what in the heck is he doingacting so well in a no-name, rock-your-socks-off action flick likethis? His performance, along with the action sequences, carry the film.The film will test your patience.It starts with an earth-shattering action sequence(much like thedirectors previous work, "The Prodigy 3/10"), and then the film settlesdown to start the plot set-up.It's during this set-up that the average viewer may be tempted to turnit off. The low-production values are at their worst during the earlydramatic/dialog sequences. There is some schotty camera work, and thefilm stock gets terribly blurry from time to time. There were pointswhen this film looked nearly as bad a bootleg. BUT, and I mean BUT, thefilm really starts to grab you at the half-way point.Johnny Strong quickly becomes a character the audience would like toroot for, and with all the films' faults, it has some moments of sheerbrilliance. There are some dialog scenes(one particular in the policecar towards the middle of the film) that create an emotional spike tothe film, and then there's the action sequences which are extremelywell-done.I can see this film growing into a huge cult-hit.I didn't care for "The Prodigy" at all, but it's obvious this directoris progressing. He and Strong may have just punched their ticket to thebig-time.The storyline is decent for a genre where we shouldn't expectrocket-science. The hero of the film is balanced with a partner who isa family man. Kevin Phillips does a fine job as the partner, butStrong's character has NOTHING to lose, and all the talent andexperience in the world to take on this formidable enemy. Johnny isJohnny-on-the-spot with a gun, and an ex-marine, but his partner hasmore to lose. This balance adds a certain dynamic to the film. These characters break-out performances more than make up for thecameo-like appearances of Sean Patrick Flannery and Tom Berenger.I've already mentioned some of the film's flaws, but the film alsoslightly overstays it's welcome with about 5 action sequences thatcould have been combined into about two in the films' final half. Itmakes the ending a little bit anti-climactic, but the second-quarterand the third-quarters of this film are very strong considering its'resources.You should know if this is the kind of thing you want to take a chanceon or not. If you read that statement, and still rent it, you won't bedisappointed.65/100 You'll like this if you liked: El Mariachi, The Prodigy, ABetter Tomorrow, Narc, and The Killer.
Digging through some independent films awhile back and found a gem of aflick in "The Prodigy". After that I started following Will Kaufman tosee what he would crank out next. "Sinners and Saints" does NOTdisappoint.The gun battles are fantastic. Some of the best stuff I've seen oncamera in a long time. In the action field, Kaufman and company holdtheir own and then some with major studio productions.Johnny Strong comes out of nowhere as a Charles Bronson for the newgeneration. Clint Eastwood would be proud of some of Strong's "DirtyHarry" moments in the flick. Fun performances as well from Method Man,Kim Coates, Louis Mandylor and Costas Mandylor. Wish Kim would havebeen in the film more.Fans of the Prodigy will appreciate seeing Holt Boggs, Matt Beckham andMark Hanson as well as others from the film along side names like TomBerenger, Bas Rutten and Sean Patrick Flannery.So many independent films these days are going the horror route or, ifthey do tackle something like action, they just can't hit the mark.These guys are able to do some amazing stuff with blood, sweat andtears. Can't wait to see what's next.
I want 100 minutes back of my life! This movie has zero originality,zero character development and zero credibility. The story is basicallythe same as every police/tough guy movie you have seen. Police with atroubled past find brutal killings, he goes Rambo, he stands up for"the right things" (Which means that he should be thrown in jail -permanently), he has a black partner etc, etc, etc. I can guess EVERYSINGLE EVENT in this movie before it happens The shooting scenes are acomplete joke. NO WAY would our hero survive those, let alone winningthem. If this were a less serious movie I wouldn't mind but this movieis trying so hard to be realistic & gritty. No human being but anincompetent American citizen could believe this crap was real, andbecause of it you lose interest. Fast.This has to be one of the most overrated movies at IMDb and I guessit's because too many flag fanatic morons gave it a good grade.
If you go in with an open-mind, and with the understanding that thisfilm was made for 700K - then you might come out of it with a seriousappreciation for those involved.Who in the heck is Johnny Strong, and what in the heck is he doingacting so well in a no-name, rock-your-socks-off action flick likethis? His performance, along with the action sequences, carry the film.The film will test your patience.It starts with an earth-shattering action sequence(much like thedirectors previous work, "The Prodigy 3/10"), and then the film settlesdown to start the plot set-up.It's during this set-up that the average viewer may be tempted to turnit off. The low-production values are at their worst during the earlydramatic/dialog sequences. There is some schotty camera work, and thefilm stock gets terribly blurry from time to time. There were pointswhen this film looked nearly as bad as a bootleg. BUT the film reallystarts to grab you at the half-way point.Johnny Strong quickly becomes a character the audience would like toroot for, and with all the films' faults, it has some moments of sheerbrilliance. There are some dialog scenes(one particular in the policecar towards the middle of the film) that create an emotional spike tothe film, and then there's the action sequences which are extremelywell-done.I can see this film growing into a huge cult-hit.I didn't care for "The Prodigy" at all, but it's obvious this directoris progressing. He and Strong may have just punched their ticket to thebig-time.The storyline is decent for a genre where we shouldn't expectrocket-science. The hero of the film is balanced with a partner who isa family man. Kevin Phillips does a fine job as the partner, butStrong's character has NOTHING to lose, and all the talent andexperience in the world to take on this formidable enemy. Johnny isJohnny-on-the-spot with a gun, and an ex-marine, but his partner hasmore to lose. This balance adds a certain dynamic to the film. These characters break-out performances more than make up for thecameo-like appearances of Sean Patrick Flannery and Tom Berenger.I've already mentioned some of the film's flaws, but the film alsoslightly overstays it's welcome with about 5 action sequences thatcould have been combined into about two in the films' final half. Itmakes the ending a little bit anti-climactic, but the second-quarterand the third-quarters of this film are very strong considering its'resources.You should know if this is the kind of thing you want to take a chanceon or not. If you read that statement, and still rent it, you won't bedisappointed.65/100 You'll like this if you liked: El Mariachi, The Prodigy, ABetter Tomorrow, Narc, and The Killer.JUST GET PAST the early production short-comings and stick with it andyou shouldn't be disappointed.
I don't usually watch action. I prefer horror. I watched this becauseCostas Mandylor was in it and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.I thought the movie contained an excellent cast of actors entirely andit kept my attention throughout the whole film. Johnny Strong was agreat star of the film and I feel as though he really made the maincharacter believable. I really enjoyed it and in fact I now own themovie for further viewing. I will say that some of the shooting scenesseemed rather lengthy, but the overall story and plot as a whole wasvery interesting to me. I thought the use of human psychologythroughout the film definitely added something. I wouldn't say this ismy favorite movie, but it was definitely entertaining and collectionworthy. Another great movie with Costas Mandylor in it, what more coulda fan ask for?
Johnny Strong lives up to his name in this new entry in the cop actionmovie. Strong plays a tough street cop with demons of his own on thetrail of a sadistic murder crew in New Orleans. There's plenty ofgritty action and gun play. The high body count is mostly thanks toJohnny Strong himself who plays judge, jury and executioner to thelowlife gangsters he encounters. There's a good supporting castfeaturing Tom Berenger, Sean Patrick Flannery and martial arts bad guysCostas Mandylor and Bas Rutten, but this movie belongs to Strong. Hisphysical presence is as important as his dialogue. In one fearsomefight scene the shirtless Strong, ripped and sporting some awesome ink,slays 4 thugs up close and personal. The plot twists and turns and thevillains do some awful stuff before Strong and his partner, clean cutKevin Phillips, bring them to justice. It doesn't take a genius tofigure out this movie is working the whole Lethal Weapon thing, but itseems to update it with more realistic characters and some graphicaction that might be too much for the squeamish. Still, if you like tosee a tough cop cleaning up the streets old school, this flick is foryou.
Not many movies make my day these days, but today my day is made! Thismovie is a treat. If you are a fan of stylish, old school actionmovies, with an emphasis on dialogue and memorable characters, enterSinners and Saints.From start to finish, the movie runs. That is the pace. Tons ofwell-executed action sequences with a pumping soundtrack keep youignorant of any flaws that there might be.The actors OWN their characters. Even the typical henchmen havesomething stylish to them that makes their screen presence enjoyable toan extent.For once the good guys aren't constantly entering monologues aboutwhether or not killing someone is right or not. They just do it. Shortand brutal decision-making. The 'baddies' aren't any different and"remorse" is not in this movie's vocabulary.I can't think of a criticism, as an action movie (not a thinkingmovie), it succeeds and delivers on all levels, ie, the only level thatthere is, 'Action!'.Don't expect scantily clad damsels in distress, if you want that, watchjust about anything else, this is more along the lines of Die Hard,where action is paramount, everything else, an unnecessary burden topace.Final word: Watch it, buy it, own it, tell your friends about it, drinkwhile watching it, buy a second copy in case one gets damaged. This isbound to be a cult classic!
In an age where prudish, greedy studio heads push for pussy ass PG-13action movies, it's refreshing to see an old school, badass, bonecruncher with an edge to it and plenty of hardcore action to spare. Thestory takes place in gritty New Orleans, post hurricane Katrina. Butit's not so much about the story as it is the action, soundtrack andspectacle. The story itself has been done a million times over, but thedifference is that here it's done with a unique flair for good dialogueand realistic, well rounded characters. Johnny Strong is appropriatelytough and hard-nosed as the lead, and the always awesome CostasMandylor is just so cool as the nasty, sadistic lead merc. Sean PatrickFlanery gives a mournful, spot on performance as the unlucky antiherowho's made mistakes and has regrets. The supporting cast is nicelypopulated by great performances, from Tom Berenger, Method Man, JoleneBlalock and others. The only big mistake the filmmakers made wascasting such excellent actors in tiny throwaway roles. Jurgen Prochnowis good as the shady tycoon pulling the strings, but is only in twominuscule scenes and his character is underdeveloped. Also Kim Coatesdies in the opening scene of the movie, which is an utter waste of histalent and an insult to him. He should have been given the KevinPhilips role, because Philips is sorely lacking in the actingdepartment. Other than those mistakes, Sinners And Saints is a greatentry in the action genre.
Think of your favorite action movie... now remove any good characters,any good acting... any witty lines... a plot that has more depth than arough first draft... pretty much anything good. Replace these with anincredibly bad script, awful disjointed clichÃ©s and wooden "read yourline now" acting... there you have Sinners and Saints.I am not against B grade movies where bad can be good. But sometimesbad is just bad.If I have to think of something good to say about this movie some ofthe gun fights were OK, the blood splatter etc was a reasonablequality... that's it. Oh and the lead actor guy (John Strong) triedhard to deliver in a truly crappy role. OK... those are the onlypositive things I can say.
Johnny Strong is one of the coolest actors I've ever seen, and he canalso play a tough cop role so well. The firefights and the MMA-likeknife fight in this movie are also very very nicely performed anddirected; the knife fight is the second best, just one notch lower thanthe knife fights in the Korean movie "The Man from Nowhere". Althoughthe screenplay is pretty weak but it simply won't be a problem sincethe tough and cool image and performance of Johnny Strong is such anenjoyable presence. There are some big flaws in this movie too: Howcome a totally ruined and deserted house since Katrina still got GAS?And you can see the leaking gas so clearly? If I didn't timely pay thegas fee, the gas company would just cut off the gas next month, theyare not charity business. I think Johnny Strong is the next sexy urban Rambo macho image andwould have a great future in the movie business. If some TV companiesor movie companies are smart enough, they should sign up this guy forany possible tough cop movie or TV series. I am die-hard fan of thiscool dude after saw this movie, and my wife also thought he's the realdeal that could match up with Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry. Yeah, thismovie definitely deserve a big WOW!!!!
I've had the pleasure of seeing this film twice. In LA and Dallas andboth screenings were simply amazing. I'm a fan of Will Kaufman'soriginal work, "THE PRODIGY" and have been wanting more since."SINNERS"is an awesome blend of intense Action and rich Story Telling. In linewith Kaufman's signature style,and you are hit hard, fast and oftenwith massive and jaw breaking gun fights very early! Scenes that seemto punch you in the mouth and dare you to ask for more. You can tellthe Filmmakers really had a love for what they were attempting toaccomplish. This film seems on par with any studio flick out there.There really is incredible production value in this Gem of Movie. It'sgot a lot of Faces you will know from other popular Films. It hasspectacular set pieces and quality FX. In so many ways' this isn't yourtypical indie-movie. It's got real fan appeal The bottom line here is,I dug it! It was fast and fun and found myself losing myself in thepowerful storyline. I loved it and I plan on picking up a copy as soonas I can get my hands on it. This has the makings of a legit cultclassic!
I'm publishing my review of this movie because it deserves it.That being saidÂ Johnny StrongÂ fire your agent! You're listed at like9th on the cast role. You're the leadÂ hello!!!Kim Coates???? Kim I love youÂ but dude you're in this like 2secondsÂ now that's an agent Johnny!Here are the non-spoiler highlights1) The writing and directing are pretty good. 2) The acting is alsovery well done. 3) New bloodÂ Kevin Philiips is going to be awell-recognized actor. 4) Old bloodÂ thank you Tom BerengerÂ looking goodmy man! 5) SPFÂ the dude was PowderÂ enough said.Here are the spoilersÂ .1) GrenadesÂ duh duh duh duh duh! 2) Body armor! There is more hair gelthan Kevlar in this thingÂ you make the call. 3) JohnnyStrongÂ pleasetell me this is a stage name? Dude you have skillsÂ where are you???? Arobot can get a job in acting these daysÂ where are you???? 4) Theburning whole your victims thingÂ over and overÂ nice touchÂ brutal even!5) Beer! Not in the movie, just wanted to add that...Watch it and meet me back here!Jeff
First of all, I'd like to say I did like this film, before people startrating this down, but I think it had the potential to be a lot better.The main character looked too clichÃ© for the part, I was hoping for avaguely happy, good cop to have gone rouge if you would, but instead Igot an already messed up one. The reason for him being that way wasexplained but very briefly and we got to see no storyline about itreally. On top of that his partner doesn't really suit the part, I didn't thinkso anyway.Some of the acting was a bit unbelievable and jumpy but it's a goodwatch if you're not expecting anything amazingly special, and that'swhy I rated it a 7/10, because the acting really bugged me. Apart fromwhat I've stated it was a good film, though.
Now we have a movie here, with this cool name "Sinners and saints'.Sounds interesting and promising. Have not heard about this moviebefore. Should it be an average movie then? Yes it is.There are two big names attached to this movie like two big cojones;"Sean Patrick Flanery" and "Tom Berenger". SPF just plays a role of 5minutes max in the whole movie and TB maybe 10. They both die andthat's that. No action in their asses, no reason to have been a part ofthis movie in the first place.Now we are left with the main character, this cop played by JoynnhyStrong. Nice actor, played well. But I did not hire this movie becauseof him. I hired this movie because of SPF and TB. So yes, I wasdisappointed.SPF works for a company called Spartan. He has some evidence on a tapeand Russian gang members want to have this tape. The when the movieevolves, these Russian members were involved in the Amecican war. Soare they Russian people or are they American people? Now this "boss" ofthe Russian army people, or American people, played by Costas Mandylorisn't really that scary like Gary Oldman was in LÃ©on. He seems to wantthis tape because his boss wants to have this tape. Does this boss workfor Spartan? Costas Mandylor is on this tape killing some soldiers. Soit seems to me that Costas Mandylor wants this tape for personalreasons and not for his boss. Who was this geeky boss with thisearphone who was in bed with a young lady? What was his purpose in thismovie? There are lots of loose ends. This movie is a small dick withtwo big names attached with no reason. Acting of Kevin Phillips wasterrible. Action was hilarious. A lot of shooting and, knowing thatthese bad guys are trained people, they missed a lot! What a waste oftime.
I have seen my share of action movies and believe it or not, afterchecking out the movie's score here, I went out of my way to write myvery first review on IMDb.I've just finished watching "Sinners & Saints" and after doing a quicksearch for the song playing when the credits were rolling (great songby the way, if anyone is interested look for "Johnny Strong - Let YouGo"), I came to IMDb where I usually check and read about movies, and Imust say I'm a bit disappointed with the rating this movie had.To start off, this is no original movie, so don't expect to have yourmind blown out of the way and don't expect to see any breath takingplot twists. Though this movie doesn't add anything especially new tothe recipe it does a very good job in setting itself apart from otheraction movies.I have rarely found myself so captivated by a shoot-out movie. It mademe lose track of reality and I found myself cheering for the maincharacter and hating the "villains", which although it might seem likea simple enough premise, it is something that very few of the moviesI've seen lately managed to accomplish.I don't want to spoil anything, nor do I want to set any specialexpectations, so I will refrain myself from saying anything about theaction scenes or character development.I have really enjoyed watching "Sinners & Saints". It said somethingmeaningful to me, and I think That is the best thing a movie canaccomplish.
The movie scenario is intriguing. In the post hurricane Katrina "city"of New Orleans normal life is very hard to come by. Virtually all theouter neighborhoods are today transformed into post-war battle fieldzones where mad-max alike gangs rule the streets. But somethingdifferent recently started to happen. The Russian mob tries to move in,replacing and taking over strategic parts of the underworld. And theymean business as they bring para military branch ex-Afghanistan Russianmercenaries to sort out the details. Not that this is unusual, and didnot happen before, but the outlandish brutal murders, involvingrepetitive gasoline burnings, are even beyond the SaffirÂSimpson Scaleof Hurricane Katrina itself. The script is pretty accurate in that itreveals that the Russian mobsters have the best Intel gathering ontheir side, with access to Amdocs phone records and Comverse Infosysphone tapping, bypassing all the local authorities, whose departmentsare still recovering from war-zone Katrina. All seems hopeless but herecomes Sean Riley (Johnny Strong), the ex-Tora Bora gang buster, whosefirst shootout actions show unreal hit-rates , only using the officialNOPD revolver and some extra rounds. The only unrealistic part of thescript is where department chief Captain Trahan (Tom Berenger) visitsRiley at home warning him that he might get arrested by internalaffairs for to much outdoor shooting. It could imply though thatinternal affairs was already accepting marching orders from Mr. Rhykin(Das Boot Kapitan JÃ¼rgen Prochnow), the Russian mob boss. Saints andSinners is a very well made movie with top-notch shootout scenes, whichno-one i know wants to miss.
This film was action movie popcorn fun. Like an action flick you catchhalfway through on TV but stop and watch the rest anyway. The gunfights and gear were great and brutal. Whoever choreographed thegunfights did a bang up job with the weapons handling and gear/holsterchoices. In true action movie fashion there's a few instances ofendless magazines but still a lot of reloads.The acting was so so and it was what I expected from a awesome shootoutmovie but it still had a lot of great 2nd string actors like Flannery,Berenger, and a few others that you don't know by name but willrecognize. Johnny Strong will only get recognized for Black Hawk Downand Fast and the Furious but he did a good job for leading a fun StreetKings, Dirty Harry, gunfight flick. If you have a couple of hours to kill, and can find the movie, go aheadand give it a shot.
When i decided to watch this movie i wasn't expecting much from it, ihoped for something similar to "Street Kings 2: Motor City" butslightly better. As it turned out it was a lot better than that cheap"Street Kings-2" which had nothing common with first part. Sinners & Saints offers great acting, action, uncensored violence insome places and not boring story line. Don't know if it's good or bad,but there almost didn't have any female actors in film, consequently nosexual or female nudity scenes at all, though a little unusual for theaction movie. I would recommend to see this movie for Street Kings first part,Running Scared and similar movie fans. You will enjoy it!