Under Siege 2: Dark Territory


"You know, I've never been afraid of anybody. But that uncle of yours scares me."    - Penn


release year: 1995
genre: action/adventure
viewing setting: home Bluray, 7/28/17 and 2/8/14 and home DVD, 8/20/10 and 1/17/01

synopsis: Satellite-hijacking terrorists set up a mobile base of operations on a train, but unfortunately for them, ex-SEAL Casey Ryback happens to be on board.

impressions: This has all the ingredients of your basic action movie: gunplay, hand-to-hand, fast-moving objects, a dangerous super-weapon, various notable but secondary characters on both sides, crashes and explosions, and so on. It's basic and it's formula, but it's quite watchable.

Steven Seagal body count: 26

non-Steven Seagal body count: 18, plus whoever was in the three planes destroyed by the satellite/laser weapon

acting:  I don't think Steven Seagal does a bad job except when he tries to act cool, like here, and then he just comes across as corny. Everett McGill and Eric Bogosian steal the show as the head bad guys. A young Katherine Heigl is Seagal's niece who he must protect. Morris Chestnut is a helpful porter. Andy Romano, Dale Dye, and Nick Mancuso return as high-level government people who can't believe what's happening. In addition to all of those, this movie features numerous others who had prominent roles in other movies. Brenda Bakke (who was Cordelia in Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight) is a military officer here. Peter Greene (who had supporting bad-guy roles in Pulp Fiction and The Usual Suspects) is a mercenary here. Kurtwood Smith (who was unforgettable as main bad guy Clarence Boddicker in Robocop) is a military bigwig here. Jonathan Banks (who would go on to portray Mike in Breaking Bad) is another mercenary here. And Patrick Kilpatrick (who was the hulking murderer in Death Warrant) is yet another mercenary here.

final word: Solid Seagal action movie, one of his best.

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