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Action Heroes - Seagal: Machete
Action Heroes - Seagal: Machete
Action Heroes - Seagal: Machete

Action Heroes – Seagal: Machete

If I were to sum up this film in one word it would be: ridiculous. That’s to be expected though, right? This was never supposed to be a serious film – it was conceived initially as a fake trailer for the Grindhouse Rodriguez/Ta...
 
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Action Heroes – Seagal: Renegade Justice
Action Heroes – Seagal: Renegade Justice
Action Heroes – Seagal: Renegade Justice

Action Heroes – Seagal: Renegade Justice

Of all the amazingly bad direct-to-video (DTV) films that Seagal churned out from 2001 until recently, Renegade Justice (or Urban Justice, as it’s known to our State-side cousins) is one of the better ones. Firstly, it fails to...
 

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Action Heroes - Seagal: Submerged
Action Heroes - Seagal: Submerged
Action Heroes - Seagal: Submerged

Action Heroes – Seagal: Submerged

Every direct-to-video (DTV) action star, it seems, has again had a share of mainstream success recently. Van Damme did voice work for Kung Fu Panda 2; Lundgren popped up in The Expendables; and Seagal did Machete. In between ti...
 
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Action Heroes - Seagal: Exit Wounds
Action Heroes - Seagal: Exit Wounds
Action Heroes - Seagal: Exit Wounds

Action Heroes – Seagal: Exit Wounds

It seemed, for a brief moment at least, that Seagal was to have a career resurgence with this Joel Silver produced thriller in 2001. It broke the mould for what his films could include by adding (for the first time) extensive w...
 

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Action Heroes - Seagal: The Glimmer Man
Action Heroes - Seagal: The Glimmer Man
Action Heroes - Seagal: The Glimmer Man

Action Heroes – Seagal: The Glimmer Man

After the epic high of On Deadly Ground there was only one way our ponytailed hero could go. And that was down. The Glimmer Man is a cop thriller that pairs the Buddhist destruction machine with a comedian in the shape of Keena...
 
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Action Heroes – Seagal: Fire Down Below
Action Heroes – Seagal: Fire Down Below
Action Heroes – Seagal: Fire Down Below

Action Heroes – Seagal: Fire Down Below

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: despite the title, Fire Down Below (1997) is not about sexually transmitted infections, although if Steven Seagal’s parents had not had sex it’s arguable that the world of straight-to...
 

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Action Heroes - Seagal: Executive Decision
Action Heroes - Seagal: Executive Decision
Action Heroes - Seagal: Executive Decision

Action Heroes – Seagal: Executive Decision

OK, so Executive Decision is a slightly weird addition to the Seagal retrospective season. It’s considered by many even now to be a double-header movie (although in fact it was not). When it came out I recall some confusion as ...
 
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Action Heroes – Seagal: Under Siege 2
Action Heroes – Seagal: Under Siege 2
Action Heroes – Seagal: Under Siege 2

Action Heroes – Seagal: Under Siege 2

Dredged up from the murky depths of 1995 and exposed to the sunlight of 2011, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory can’t help but look bedraggled to the point of being repellent. “Dear God!” cry the horrified spectators crowded ...
 

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Action Heroes – Seagal: On Deadly Ground
Action Heroes – Seagal: On Deadly Ground
Action Heroes – Seagal: On Deadly Ground

Action Heroes – Seagal: On Deadly Ground

  Steven Seagal is a mystery to me, as the few films I have seen starring him have been horrendously awful. The era of the action hero he came to prominence in had him going up against such other remarkable performers as V...
 
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Action Heroes - Seagal: Under Siege
Action Heroes - Seagal: Under Siege
Action Heroes - Seagal: Under Siege

Action Heroes – Seagal: Under Siege

Filmwerk’s “Action Movie Retrospectives” series has been an eye-opener for me.  I’ve always thought I was a fan of the genre, but last month I was asked to write about two Jean-Claude Van Damme movies and it occurred to me that...
 

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Action Heroes - Seagal: Out For Justice
Action Heroes - Seagal: Out For Justice
Action Heroes - Seagal: Out For Justice

Action Heroes – Seagal: Out For Justice

Of all the tosh that Seagal has churned out (and I say this from a fan’s perspective) Out For Justice (1991) is possibly the most underrated and brutal of his films. It was one of the first Seagal films I was allowed to watch (...
 
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Action Heroes: Seagal - Marked For Death
Action Heroes: Seagal - Marked For Death
Action Heroes: Seagal - Marked For Death

Action Heroes: Seagal – Marked For Death

In Marked For Death Seagal plays a retired… STOP! Why do all these action heroes play retired men of action when they are clearly in their prime?  Arnold was also retired in Commando. How do these lucky bastards get to just ret...
 

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Action Heroes - Seagal: Hard To Kill
Action Heroes - Seagal: Hard To Kill
Action Heroes - Seagal: Hard To Kill

Action Heroes – Seagal: Hard To Kill

In Hard to Kill, William Sadler adds an early bad guy notch to his belt as a corrupt politician who is in one way or another responsible for the death of Seagal’s family. Seagal winds up in a coma as a result of the attack and ...
 
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Action Heroes - Seagal: Nico
Action Heroes - Seagal: Nico
Action Heroes - Seagal: Nico

Action Heroes – Seagal: Nico

Well, it is a consummate pleasure to introduce the one, the only, the Count of Monte Fisto, Mr Intensity, Monsieur Steven Seagal, and his feature film debut. Yes, it’s Above the Law – although in the UK it was released as simpl...