The Patriot

release year: 1998, direct-to-video?
genre: action/drama
viewing setting: home DVD, 12/9/99
what I expected: no idea
what I got: further evidence of Steven Seagal's decline

synopsis: The leader of a smalltown militia releases a deadly virus, and only Steven Seagal has any hope of finding a cure.

impressions: Steven Seagal needs to remember what people watch his movies for: bonebreaking action. That element is lacking from this movie, as it was lacking from at least two of his last three. Worse, the same environmental message is shoved down our throats yet again. The virus is finally defeated by something so inane and idiotic that I laughed out loud when they threw it at us. Bullshit. On the positive side, this film did have a lot of violence, which is nice.

body count: Dozens, mostly by gunfire.

acting: Seagal, like Van Damme, should not try for drama-heavy roles. People pay to see these guys kick ass. Enough said.

final word: Sub-par Seagal movie and sub-par action movie, though it was a decent virus-is-loose movie.

rating: C

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