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Overall Rating
1.8

Awesome: 5.88%
Worth A Look: 7.84%
Average: 15.69%
Pretty Bad: 1.96%
Total Crap68.63%

3 reviews, 33 user ratings


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On Deadly Ground
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by Charles Tatum

"Mr. Seagal? Ed Wood called, he wants his directorial flourish back."
1 stars

Al Gore, take note. Sure, you could try to save the environment with your little slide show and your Oscar, but would you be willing to kill for it? No, I don't mean kill actual people, but could you kill your career over it? Steven Seagal bravely killed his with this.

Seagal scowls his way through the film as Forrest Taft (prompting many a "run, Forrest, run" joke from this viewer), an oil rig fire fighter in the employ of evil oil company owner Jennings (a stunned Michael Caine). Jennings and his henchmen are trying to bring a gargantuan oil rig and refinery in Alaska online mere hours before the oil rights revert back to the sympathetic Eskimo people, led by that great Native American actress Joan Chen.

After Jennings' umpteenth attempt to kill Taft fails, our injured hero has one of those American Indian sponsored spiritual quests one only finds in the movies, and Taft wakes up reborn and ready to blow up and kill everyone in sight to save Mother Earth from big business.

Filmed in Alaska, Seagal picked the right technical team and cast with which to make his directorial debut. Aside from the miscast Chen and the slumming Caine, you'll catch John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey, an uncredited Louise Fletcher (in an obviously trimmed role), and even a puffy Billy Bob Thornton (in an obviously padded role). The special effects suck, but the Alaskan scenery is breath taking, leading me to understand why Homer escaped to there in "The Simpsons Movie," which ironically has just as many laughs as this thing. Just one of many random thoughts I had while watching this wreck.

Seagal had better stop blaming the FBI for his professional failings and find himself a role that makes fun of his D-list action hero status toot sweet. I mean, the man cannot even nod convincingly onscreen. Saving the environment by blowing things up is more than a little wrong, and watching Seagal blaming big business for the planet's problems (in his infamous final speech) would be more believable if the film was not overwhelmed with bloody violence, profanity, a weird gay bashing subtext, racism, and some boobies to keep the teenage boys awake. "Save the planet, kill everyone" is not a rousing call to arms. Good thing that Mom and Pop operation known as Time Warner released the movie, thereby immunizing its status as "evil corporation".

Every character does or says something so unbelievably stupid, and yet this is done with such seriousness, you will be stunned into silence. I'm not sure the hard drive on your computer could handle all the questions I had during this thing, it's that poorly written.

Seagal is now a joke, releasing unwatchable straight to video fare, making me wonder where the iffy promise of "Above the Law" disappeared to. Steven, when you have your own segment on E!'s "The Soup" mocking your latest video release, it might be time to hang it up. "On Deadly Ground"...what an appropriate title.

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originally posted: 09/01/07 06:29:04
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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell lame seagal action flick 1 stars
9/23/12 roscoe typical seagal flick. ok to watch, but nothing good 3 stars
8/16/11 chris Stupid movie yes but mostly harmless. 4 stars
3/03/11 chris c Hilariously misguided action movie with over the top acting from Caine but still fun. 3 stars
2/19/11 PAUL SHORTT RIDICULOUS, ABSURD ACTION FILM 1 stars
3/22/10 Jeff Wilder Some good action and Ermey's lines work. Preachy script and weak direction. 2 stars
5/30/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Seagal's direction is not too bad; its the scriped that sucked 3 stars
10/31/08 Shaun Wallner Fell asleep to this one. 1 stars
12/06/07 Bnorm Is it just me or is Seagal the least threatening person ever to be construed as badass? 1 stars
9/17/07 mark madsen All Seagal movies are all the same to me.Not the best. 3 stars
6/09/07 BMAC Most people have over analysed this movie and failed to see the real point of it. 3 stars
5/27/07 Nathan Even by Seagal's standards this is poop 1 stars
12/12/06 Sepi53 terrible 1 stars
9/18/06 JM Synth Bad? Yes. Boring? No. Kitschy fun? Definately! 3 stars
6/12/06 Anthony Feor It seems that Seagal is bad with putting effort into a flick 3 stars
3/28/06 Brian Meyer One of my favorite Segal films. Nobody mops up rednecks like Segal. 4 stars
2/13/06 Anthony Steven Seagal in another terrible movie 1 stars
11/01/04 Charles S. Lewis below a 4, if you don't have anything nice to say don't say a word? 5 stars
8/31/04 ndoddo Makes you think of the possibility of disarming oil rich terrorist 5 stars
8/30/04 vic A PIECE OF TOTAL EXCREMENT! 1 stars
7/17/04 Gray my bitch environazi sister whorships this film 1 stars
7/07/04 dead next door hate that seagal guy.. 1 stars
3/24/03 Sugarfoot Seagal needs to lay off the fatty foods. 1 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Enjoyable trash. It's rotten, but colorfully so. Caine's makeup is a hoot! 3 stars
2/19/03 Matthew Jones This is worth a look simply because of the fight scenes 4 stars
1/08/03 Mr Math 'Robert' needs to learn how to spell 'scenes' and 'scenery'. Like most Seagal fans. 1 stars
11/26/02 Charles Tatum That's it Steve, fix it so you never work again... 1 stars
9/09/02 Robert I thought it was a great movie. Great fight seens and great senery. 5 stars
8/26/02 Robin Russin I agree. But screenwriter hell is having a good script ruined. a good script tu 1 stars
7/20/02 KMG I GOT IN FREE TO SEE THIS MOVIE....AND I WANT MY FUCKIN' MONEY BACK!!! 1 stars
4/05/02 Scott Sumner Wow, Chuck Norris should ertainly feel more secure................ 1 stars
3/20/02 connie van der zee it is a very good film. 4 stars
3/19/02 Chris Cantore The movie ends with Siegal giving a speech about saving the environment. Good fucking lord 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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