Critics love to hate Steven Seagal, and he is the one actor that people would seldom admit watching. Yet to be fair, although his chances of delivering his award acceptance speech at the Oscars are pretty slim, he is not a bad actor.Like J-C Van Damme, and Dolph Lundgren, he has made his fortune making films based on his martial arts expertise and his physique rather than his ability to play the lead in Hamlet.Stallone's (whose speech in the closing scenes of First Blood was a mix of unknown languages that has yet to be deciphered),and Arnold Schwarzenegger's careers started off this way, but they were lucky enough and with probably the right contacts to branch out into other genres. Seagal and co. remained faithfully in the action genre, making films that alternate between the good, the bad and the simply awful.
Exit Wound is an ok film, and if you watch it like it really is, and I dont think it pretends to be anything else, just an action entertaining movie, then you will probably enjoy it more.
Though the plot is lame and predictable, as you expect from these movies, the actions sequences are well made.
But why my four stars?
Well simply because of the very last scene in the movie, it is unexpected, a touch surreal and totally hilarious. Anthony Anderson and Tom Arnold do a fantastic job as two TV show hosts talking to each other! Arnold I believe is an underrated actor, and he has a lot of comic potential (his brief cameo in Austin Powers was very funny and a scene stealer), while Anderson whose character in the film reminded me a bit of Joe Pesci's in Lethal Weapon, was a great match to Arnold.
It is worth it to buy the film just for this scene alone!
So Exit Wound is not a bad film, nor it is a great one.It is just a Steven Seagal film, one that at least you know what to expect from, and that is fair enough.