Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Movie Review: On Deadly Ground

On Deadly Ground (1994, Steven Seagal) - 8.0
Michael Caine is a corrupt CEO of an oil company in Alaska, who is trying to build an unsteady rig, despite the risks of oil spilling into the ocean, but Steven Seagal finds out what he’s up to, and kicks a lot of ass to stop it from happening. The movie opens strong with some weird dialogue about Seagal being a whore, and Seagal standing still smoking a cigarette as something explodes behind him, and this leads into an incredible, genital-attacking bar fight scene that ends in the fight’s asshole instigator questioning the essence of what it means to be a man. It slows down a bit in the middle when Seagal goes through his eskimo transformation into a bear, and he’s being chased by mercenaries. I mean, that stuff was really good, but not amazing. It picks up again, though, once Seagal is killing everyone working on the oil rig, trying to make his way to Caine, and then the movie ends with a speech about environmental concerns and alternative options to oil consumption, that goes on for about 10 minutes, and is a clear inspiration to Al Gore. I still haven’t seen very many Seagal movies, and I was told that this was a crucial one to check out as it was sure to blow my mind. I can't say that my mind was blown, but it was perhaps stroked. Seagal definitely gave my mind a handjob with this movie.

05/28/10: DVD

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