ABC Film Challenge – Action – U – Under Siege (1992)

Director: Andrew Davis

Writer: J.F. Lawton (Screenplay)

Starring: Steven Seagal, Gary Busey, Tommy Lee Jones, Patrick O’Neal, Glenn Morshower, Erika Eleniak

 

Plot: An ex-Navy Seal turned cook is the only person who can stop a group of terrorists when they seize control of a U.S. battleship.


Tagline – It’s not a job…It’s an Adventure!

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Action Film

 

Story: Under Siege starts as the USS Missouri is planning a party in honour of the captain Adams (O’Neal) who has had a successful meeting with the President. The cook of the ship is Casey Ryback (Seagal) who hasn’t always seen eye to eye with his superiors including Commander Krill (Busey).

When Krill is joined by the entertainment William Strannix (Jones), their plan is revealed as they take over the battleship leaving the only person that can save the day being Ryback, the loyal soldier.

 

Thoughts on Under Siege

 

Characters – Casey Ryback is the former Navy Seal that has taken the role of chef on the battleship, he is a decoration officers and soon becomes the one leading the fight back against the terrorists who have taken over. Commander Krill is the officers that has snapped, tired of being second in command, he arranges the takeover of the ship with Strannix, he is a loose cannon that should have been taken off duty years before. William Strannix is the mastermind behind taking the ship, he has planned for the moment as an act of revenge against the government who betrayed him in his eyes.

PerformancesSteven Seagal is always going to be known for being a certain type of action star, this plays into his strengths, not needing too many lines, bit of fighting and of course a lot of shooting. Gary Busey as an unstable villain, well this sounds like the perfect choice, while Tommy Lee Jones can always be picked for a villain role to look the part.

StoryThe story is terrorists take over a US battleship and one man must use his skills to get it back before they can do too much damage. It is nice to see it domestic terrorism rather than just slapping any nationality in the role. There isn’t anything overly original in this story, but it is a tried and tested formula that works on every level.

ActionThe action is everything you would have come to expect from the movie, we have fights, gun battles and explosion, what more do we want?

SettingsThe film takes place on the US Battleship, this keeps everything contained and with little or no place to run and with the weapons on board to make them a threat.


Scene of the Movie –
Taking on the Submarine.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is easily too much by the book.

Final ThoughtsThis is everything an action fan will enjoy in a movie, it is easily one that can be enjoyable by all the fans of the genre before Seagal became a parody of himself in his later films.

 

Overall: Action fans will be enjoying.

Rating

 

 

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ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – E – Exit Wounds (2001)

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Writer: Ed Horowitz, Richard D’Ovidio (Screenplay) John Westermann (Novel)

Starring: Steven Seagal, DMX, Isaiah Washington, Anthony Anderson, Michael Jai White, Bill Duke, Jill Hennessy, Tom Arnold

 

Plot: Orin Boyd, a tough cop in an inner-city precinct discovers a web of dirty cops and corruption.


Tagline – This Is Gonna Hurt

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Seagal Action 101

 

Story: Exit Wounds starts when tough police officer Orin Boyd (Seagal) prevents an assassination attempt on the Vice President against orders from his superiors and Secret Service. This loses him his job at his prescient and being sent to a rougher one where new Captain Annette Mulcahy (Hennessy) sends him anger management.

When Orin starts investigating a known gangster Latrell Walker (DMX) he is assigned a partner in George Clark (Washington) and the two only honest sounding cops trying to bring him down and uncover the dirty cops in the force.

 

Thoughts on Exit Wounds

 

Characters – Orin Boyd is a tough no nonsense cop that will always run in first to do the right thing for people in danger, he doesn’t like dirty cops or criminals or partners and will go all out to bring down the criminals. Latrell Walker is the criminal that Orin is tracking, he is a genius, but not everything about what we learn about him is what it seems on the outside. George Clark is the partner that gets forced onto him, he has a family and just wants to do the right thing but could easily be another one of the dirty cops. We do meet plenty of cops that are dirty through the film, we see many different clichés for the genre in our characters too.

PerformancesWe know what Steven Seagal is capable of as an actor, he can handle the fighting fine, but when it comes to the line delivery he isn’t the best, this is typical for what we know about him. DMX was trying to make an acting career and he does show promise in a time when all musicians seemed to want to get into acting. When we look at the rest of the cast they are what we need in the film without anyone standing out too much, Anthony Anderson gets the funniest moments in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a tough cop trying to bring down criminals and corruption from within the force. This does play into Seagal’s strengths where he gets to beat people up and be the good guy doing this. We have a big third act twist which does turn the film on its head and doesn’t really get implied early on which is nice. By the end this will have checked the boxes for a fun easy to watch action film and that is all we want from a story at times

Action/Comedy/CrimeThe action is short fight sequences, shootouts and chases sequences which are fun to watch with plenty going on through them making the action all we want. The comedy is in small moments and does give a couple of laughs with Anderson being the one with the most. The crime world we enter is everything we know when it comes to corrupt cops which is fine for the film.

SettingsThe film brings us to Detroit with crime running through it, we know it is generic for crime world, so this works for the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Seagal versus White sword fighting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The comedy works, but can takeaway from the main story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a standard Seagal action film, it is easy to watch and will keep you entertained throughout.

 

Overall: Simple to watch action film.

Rating

 

 

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

underDirector: Geoff Murphy

Writer: Richard Hatem, Matt Reeves (Screenplay) J.F. Lawton (Characters)

Starring: Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian, Everett McGill, Katherine Heigl, Morris Chestnut, Peter Greene, Patrick Kilpatrick

 

Plot: Casey Ryback hops on a Colorado to LA train to start a vacation with his niece. Early into the trip, terrorists board the train and use it as a mobile HQ to hijack a top secret destructive US satellite.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Die Hard on a Train?

 

Story: Under Siege 2 Dark Territory starts by showing a new government satellite that can pinpoint anything on Earth, one of the men involved in building the satellite Travis Dane (Bogosian) isn’t part of the first test due to his death. We move to meet Casey Ryback (Seagal) who has to take care of his niece Sarah (Heigl) as they travel across country by train.

When a group of mercenaries take over the train lead by Travis Dane a ghost from the past has come back to get revenge on the government by stealing and trying to sell his creation to the highest bidder.  This leaves Casey having to once again come up to face a group of terrorists putting American lives in danger.

Under Siege 2 Dark Territory is pretty much just Die Hard on a train, yes the acting isn’t as high standard and the suspense isn’t built to the level expected. Nothing really pushes the boundaries of the genre but is an easy watch. The villains are very generic with one being the brains the other being the muscles and as you would expect there are bad one liners.

 

Actor Review

 

Steven Seagal: Casey Ryback is the elite trained soldier who is also a chef, he is travelling with his niece when the train he is on gets hijacked by terrorists leading him to use his skills to save the lives of the people on the train and the people they are targeting. Steven gives us the performance you would expect to see from him in this film.

 

Eric Bogosian: Travis Dane is the former employee that decides he wants his invention back while looking to sell it to the highest bidder, he is very calculated and willing to kill anyone who gets in his way. Eric makes for a good intelligent villain but could have had done with him is left to the indignation.

 

Everett McGill: Marcus Penn is the head mercenary hired to make sure Dane has all the protection he requires, he will kill anyone who gets in his way even though he sees his mercenaries as disposable. Everett does a good ruthless villain role.

 

Katherine Heigl: Sarah Ryback is the niece of Casey who hasn’t forgiven him for the death of her father but deep down she knows he is the only family she has. She becomes the traditional feisty pawn used by the terrorists to get Casey attention. Katherine is good for the basic damsel in distress with attitude.

 

Support Cast: Under Siege 2 Dark Territory has a supporting cast that includes standard mercenaries, military men along with the token comic relief character.

 

Director Review: Geoff MurphyGeoff gives us an action film you know where it will go but is still worth the ride.

 

Action: Under Siege 2 Dark Territory has good even if it is all basic action being used throughout.

Thriller: Under Siege 2 Dark Territory does keep you on the edge of your seat with the action from start to finish.

Settings: Under Siege 2 Dark Territory has a good setting which is needed for the idea behind the film.
Special Effects
: Under Siege 2 Dark Territory has good special effects when needed but you can see them being computer generated in moments.

Suggestion: Under Siege 2 Dark Territory is one for the action fans to enjoy only. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Bobby

Worst Part: Nothing truly original

Favourite Quote: Penn ‘You ruined my coat’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Talks for one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Die Hard

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $104 Million

Budget: $60 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Five million tons of hijacked metal. One billion dollars of satellite weaponry. One American city is targeted for nuclear destruction and only one hero stands in the way.

 

Overall: Action film 101

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Trailer Alert – The Mercenary: Absolution

Plot – When a contract killer (Steven Seagal) encounters a girl on the run from a dangerous mob boss (Vinnie Jones) with powerful political ties, running a human trafficking operation, he is torn between protecting the girl, and remaining loyal to the government agency that hired him.

Release Date:  15th May 2015

Stars:

  • Steven Seagal (Under Siege)
  • Bryon Mann (The Man With The Iron fists)
  • Vinnie Jones (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)

Director: Keoni Waxman (The Highwayman)

Highlight of the Trailer: Vinnie Jones versus Steven Seagal.

Summary: When it comes to action films you have to enter them two different ways, one you just look to enjoy the action packed sequences and two don’t worry about the quality in the acting. This film looks like it has the good story, the action coming from every direction and most importantly a good old fashion brutal villain.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 75%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No