7 Seconds (2005)
Don't Give it Even 7
Wesley Snipes has screen presence, it's good job to because with out Snipes delivering cool in "7 Seconds" there is nothing about this direct to DVD movie worth mentioning. In fact trying to make sense of "7 Seconds" is nearly as hard as actually watching it because here we have a movie which throws you in to a convoluted situation and then spends the rest of the movie trying to make sense of it. Actually that is a lie because it spends the rest of the movie delivering convoluted action around convoluted explanations of what is going on.
So to try and explain "7 Seconds" well Wesley Snipes plays Jack Tuliver a former special ops soldier turned thief who has put together a gang for a convoluted robbery. But not only do they find themselves taking a valuable picture during the job but they then get targeted by Romanian gangsters who seem to have an inside man as Jack's gang discover the ammo in their guns has been switched for blanks. All of which sees Jack run and end up taking Sgt. Kelly Anders, Tamzin Outhwaite being criminally under used, hostage in order to get away but whilst he dumps her in the middle of nowhere she doesn't think he is the bad guy that the police are after as he saved her life. Oh and Jack's sex buddy Suza (Georgina Rylance) ends up taken by the Romanian gangsters.
That actually makes "7 Seconds" sound like it has an evolving plot with double crosses but in truth this storyline is nothing more than a vehicle for one convoluted action scene after another. The entire opening is one long convoluted mess of car chases which make no sense at all and then we get a series of scenes which attempt to explain it all whilst thickening the plot. Of course you don't expect much storyline from a direct to DVD movie but what is on offer here is woefully slim and the action is not that great either.
The upshot of this is that "7 Seconds" ends up about the actors and Snipes does cool, does charming and does tongue in cheek as best as he can but even Snipes can't make this movie work. Then there is Tamzin Outhwaite as Sgt. Kelly Anders and whilst Outhwaite does attractive and tough her character is as terrible as the movie as is that of Deobia Oparei as Spanky, yes we have a character called Spanky.
What this all boils down to is that "7 Seconds" is a mess with no redeeming qualities at all even for the biggest fans of Wesley Snipes.
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