Man Movie Encyclopedia: Death Warrant
This is of course the film that Frank Darrabont ripped off when he made The Shawshank Redemption.
The film starts off with Van Damme on the hunt for a notorious serial killer who refers to himself as The Sandman. Now, what makes The Sandman a bad-ass is that he just prances around in a rob and PJs. I mean, finally we get a serial killer with a gimmick. He also has bed-bead, which is awesome because bed-head is the man’s man’s hair cut. He also shaves his eyebrows, because frankly, eyebrows just make you look stupid. They meet face to face, and Van Damme drops a few slugs into the chest of the Sandman. Dreams over, bitch!
16 months later, there are some evil going-ons at a prison, and for some reason this is big-time news to these board room guys. Well, they need an undercover man, and who else to go undercover in an LA prison than a Canadian Mountie? Van Damme is up for it, and ready to rock some shit. He’s assigned a liaison to relay information back and forth with, a decent looking chick that’s good as fucked. So, Van Damme is off to the pen to find out who’s been killing inmates with a puncture to the back of the head, and why.
Well, Van Damme makes enemies pretty quick because he’d been there a day and hadn’t given anyone a spin kick to their stupid face. So, he fills that quota in the lunch-line, and now it’s go time.
Van Damme does a few things to acquire information, such as almost making a guy drink piss, and hanging out with a guy named Priest who has white eyes and a couple of transexual hookers who make it known they want to fuck Van Damme. But then again, who doesn’t?
The guy who almost had to drink piss made a mistake by being a stoolie, and he has to pay the appropriate amount by being set on fire in his cell. I wish they would have tried that on Van Damme, because I’ve always wanted to see The Muscles from Brussels fight an element. One day, perhaps.
Anyways, Van Damme finds out what’s been going on here, and he’s no fan. If anyone is gonna kill people, it’s him, motherfucker. But oh snaps, it turns out that as per usual, he’s been causing some waves, and the prison gets a new inmate.
The Sandman! Oh shit!
They end up doing much battle, and I’ll leave you to see who wins that one. Here’s a hint, Van Damme kicks Sandman into a furnace.
Official Man Movie Encyclopedia Tally:
Guys Beat Up: 8
Guys Killed: 6
Swear Words: 27
Slow-Motion Scenes: 14
Foot Chase: 1
Car Chase: 0
Broken Bones: 0
Fight/Shoot-Out At Motel?: Nope
Guy Get Girl?: Yeap
Guy Smoke?: Nope
[Van Damme just got done pumping a few slugs into The Sandman]
Burke: You’re under arrest
Couldn’t find how much it cost to make, but I’m thinking 2-3 million, maybe. It ended up bringing in 46 million dollars, world wide.
This was flimed before Lionheart  but released afterward.
It debuted at No. 3
David S. Goyer wrote this film, as it was his first. He went on to write the Blade triology, as well as The Dark Knight and other big time movies.
It’s a good film, but it’s far from Van Damme’s best. It’s actually more of a drama, to be honest. There isn’t that much fighting, or other forms of action. It’s a mystery/crime thriller sorta film. It’s different for Van Damme’s glory days, but that doesn’t mean it sucks, it’s just no Double Impact.