Steven Seagal just won’t stop making films. He’s just cocky with the old chopsocky. Now at 62, he qualifies for retirement and his free bus pass but instead would rather tear around waving guns, dishing out the odd Aikido slap.
In this film, Seagal plays a member of an elite military force. On his last mission, it goes a bit pear shaped and so disappears underground to live out the simple life. Just his luck though, his neighbour gets involved with Russian gangsters and it all gets a bit personal from there.
Seagal is his usual self, whispering his threats to the bad guys while using some nasty Aikido throw to smash them into some antique furniture. Although, these days his suits are a little less fitting and the body armour appears to be stuffed with a Queen size duvet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not Seagal bashing here. I love the guy and respect his martial arts history but he’s looking more and more out of place in these films nowadays. His movements are a lot slower and the stunt guys have to visibly work over time to sell it. However, the skill is still there. You can see it.
It’s not a bad story either and although can go a bit slow at times, it will keep you watching. A lot of the more energetic fight scenes come from Victor Webster, who plays Sasha. The guy is fast, skilled and as I understand it, an undefeated amateur kickboxer and Taekwondo practitioner in his personal life. Due to his good looks, he was also apparently voted one of the top fifty eligible bachelors. He gets involved in some great scenes, especially one with a novel use of a telephone kiosk.
Seagal’s weapon of choice in this film is a short sword. There are some great limb chopping scenes.
This is far from the best and far from the worst of his movies. For his age, he passes quite well. I hope I’m jumping around like him at 62. The money would be nice too.