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Seagal starred in some quick but competent cop on a mission flicks in the late 80s and early 90s. Then something happened. He got power, and he decided he wanted to make a statement. This is rarely a good idea for actors, specifically action movie stars with ponytails.
In this one, Seagal is fighting the evil oil industry. A massive oil company is up to some shananagins in Alaska, and it's up to Seagal as an EPA agent (with a shadowy background) to stop these injustices.
Seagal's solution to the violence and environmentally unsound practices of the company is to kill a number of people and then cause more environmental damage by blowing up a pricey oil rig. The company is headed by none other than Michael Caine, who is sporting oil-black hair and some ridiculous rubber-face makeup. Caine makes the film worthwhile for those who are morbid enough to watch a fine actor's most shameless hour.
I believe, most of the time, that bad movies are not born but made. Seagal may feel that the oil industry is shafting the people, and he is likely right, but the form his statement takes is ludicrous even if he doesn't realize it. Actually, Seagal probably believes he's making an important statement and serious film (while satisfynig fans) and this sincerity is what makes it all the more laughable.
The film is appalling in most respects, but it offers the violence you came to see. Seagal was just plain fat by this point (though he would, in fact, get fatter) but it doesn't stop him from dispatching all level of minion from Caine.Read more ›
Seagal goes against the big oil companies whose leader is a sadly miscast Michael Caine, who ought to have known better than to sign on the dotted line for this one. Seagal spends most of the latter part of the film in an oilrig, planting bombs as he goes. They go off, not leaving him much of an opportunity to manhandle the usual bunch of flunkeys. Fans of fight scenes will surely be disappointed with ON DEADLY GROUND since these scenes are few, far between, and generally uninteresting. Fans of a tightly plotted drama will also be disappointed since the climax is hardly a thrilling one. Finally, the last few minutes of the film is a laughable surrender to the politically correct Green Peace fringe who surely plunked down his salary. What ON DEADLY GROUND proves is that the 'deadly' of the title refers more to a sense of boredom than to a sense of danger. Suggestion to Mr. Seagal: go back to punching out hoods and leave the speechifying to Tom Loughlin.
In the film, Seagal plays an ex-government operative, Forrest Taft, who works as a high-tech firefighter for Aegis Oil, which in its quest to secure its next contract -- the world's largest oil rig -- cuts corners, needlessly destroying some of its own equipment and killing several workers, with no regard for the environmental impact of its accidents and policies. Taft's conscience gets to him and he turns on Aegis Oil and takes down their largest refinery (without causing an oil spill), enabling the land to go back to the Eskimos from which it had been taken. The movie concludes with a speech by Taft that includes reference to high efficiency carburetors and magnetic engines being suppressed because of big business not wanting their monopoly to be broken. It is obviously intended as a statement for our actual situation in the world. Such devices do exist; and they are being suppressed by unscrupulous means. I personally know several individuals who have been on the receiving end of brutal suppression tactics.
The overall message of the movie was indeed worth while, though too much of the violence was sensationalized, something I found ironically hypocritical to the theme of improving the planet and bringing about a time of peaceful existence.
Some reviews I read called the environmental statements and Native American spirituality "corny.Read more ›
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Seagal or Van Damme?
That's like asking, spastic colon or dysentery?
Unless you're 9 years old, this is worthless debate. They both appear in terrible movies. Read more
I ALREADY DIDN'T EXPECT MUSCH OUT OF THIS MOVIE, BEING THAT SEAGAL HIMSELF DIRECTED IT. BUT CMON, THIS WAS STRAIGHT UP TERRIBLE! Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
Without a doubt, On Deadly Ground is Steven Seagal's funniest movie to date. Of course, with his directorial debut, Seagal decided to make a movie completely about his political... Read morePublished on May 29 2003 by sliphsc
This is what a seagal movie should be like!
much martial arts and little story. To bad it was so boring between the fight scenes. But that doesnt matter!
The only good thing about this movie is the aikido moves performed by Steven. Otherwise the movie is kinda uninteresting. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2003 by Buddha
The only good thing about this movie is the aikido moves performed by Steven. Otherwise the movie is kinda uninteresting. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2003 by Buddha
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