Nowadays it’s easy to forget just how good a good Steven Seagal movie is.
This 1991 effort sees Seagal play Gino, a tough Brooklyn cop, out to avenge the murder of his partner.
From the brutal opening scene in which Richie (William Forsythe) guns down the cop in broad daylight in front of his family, you know that this is gonna be all out action.
Seagal swiftly sets about tracking down Richie and his crew and obliterates anyone in his way. The pool hall fight scene remains an all time favourite and the entire film has aged surprisingly well. Look out for The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies as a downtrodden ex-hooker.
I caught this on tv with no intention of watching the entire thing but before I knew it, it was all over. Seagal’s character is a brilliantly clichéd action hero, the tough guy with a heart of gold which is perfectly shown in the cool puppy rescue scene and the subsequent encounter with the greaseball who threw it out a moving car.
With the odd exception, they just don’t make them like this anymore.
Ric’s Rating: Highly Recommended