By Brian M. Raftery
Updated September 07, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

As a paunchy policeman sent to clean up Detroit’s toughest area, Seagal — with his perennial squint and monosyllabic inflection — crosses into complete self-parody within the first 10 minutes of director Andrzej Bartkowiak’s ’80s-throwback actioner. Luckily, rapper DMX (playing a drug lord with some highly suspect ulterior motives) exudes much-needed crude charisma. Note to producer Joel Silver: Next time, give the gruff ryder top billing.

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