Posted July 7, 2017 by Chris Hick in Film Reviews
 
 

End of a Gun (2016) DVD Review


Steven Seagal is now 65 years old and is still churning out several action films a year. Most are made direct to DVD or cable TV as he has lost much of his appeal since his hey-day as an action star in the late 1980a and early 1990s. He is not the only one. His contemporaries, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme are also still making action films that are constantly being churned out. They too are all in their sixties and fighting against the proverbial arthritis to kick ass.

In his latest film, End of a Gun, Seagal plays Michael Decker, a disgraced former Federal Agent who is now living in Paris. He is still carrying a gun of course. One evening he comes across a guy beating his stripper girlfriend, Lisa (Jade Ewen). Naturally, being the gallant knight he is intervenes and tells the man “to leave the lady alone”. He is told to go forth and makes his next mistake in pulling a gun on Decker/Seagal which ends up with a cap being put in the bad guy’s head. When the police arrive, Decker is friends the attending police officer (Ovidiu Niculesco) who releases him. Lisa becomes attached to Decker like a limpit and tells him that if he helps her she can let him in on €2 million that was in the boot of the dead man’s car. The trouble is the car has been impounded by the police. He helps her to break into the pound and take the money (offering him sexual favours in return). Also after the money is a ruthless killer called Gage (Florin Piersic Jr.) who is working for a boss back in Houston, Texas whom the money belongs to.

Seagal is slower these days and has replaced his high kicks and martial-arts with he, as cool as a cucumber mumbles and grumbles through the film with no shortage of witty one-liners. Thankfully the pony tail is gone, but he is clearly wearing a topper to give him the defined ‘Seagal’ look replete with orange shades. As ever Seagal is the producer of the film and he is clearly having some fun in otherwise bog-standard action. The Paris setting also gives the film that Luc Besson look who for the past few years has been churning out a good deal of action movies. There is little to distinguish this film from any other myriad of other similar films but will deliver the goods for those who like a quickie wham-bam action film.

Chris Hick


Chris Hick