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Citizen Kane, prepare to be dethroned...
on 6 January 2016
So, there I was ready to give The Lord of Seagal's 2014 epic (using that term in its loosest form) 'A Good Man' a less than favorable review when I finally twigged: These movies are review proof. Existing as existential works of art rather than entertainment, the good Lord could be seen as a cypher for deep, mythological thought and contemplation. Or, he could be a middled aged fat bloke with stuck on hair. Your call.
Anyhoo, on with the show: Alexander (The Lord, this time with added gnarly beard trimmings) is the leader of a covert operation in Dagestan, where one of his targets - a villainous fellow by the name of Mr. Chen (Tzi Ma) escapes, resulting in the death of Alexander's team. Bereft, he returns to Eastern Europe where he strikes up a relationship with neighbour Lena and her younger sister Mya in his apartment building. Lena's brother Sasha (a good Victor Webster) is in over his head working for a local mafia boss in order to pay off his father’s debt which raises the interest of our rotund avenger - high kicking those nasty mafia fella's into next week. Obviously, all of this totally unconnected storyline dovetails into Mr Chen being behind the mafia goons, which whips The Lord into supersonic action (well, he walks right past Burger King), leading to a fateful showdown between the two at the films climax.
To be honest, this isn't gonna win anyone awards. It hardly registers as a full feature, but for the life of me - I can't hate it. The Lord has gone from being a serious action contender to simply turning up and mumbling strange gobs of exposition and philosophical dialogue between punching bad guys in the head and dating girls just out of high school. He even throws in a handy swordfighting sequence near the end, muttering some of his lines in Japanese which really upped the entertainment value - it seems the guy is cool in any language. All in all, don't go in expecting... well, entertainment. You have to get that out of your head from the get go. This is The Lord doing things his way. Your either in, or your out.
Studio Canal's UK DVD release has a lovely shiny lenticular outer card slipcase, but as director Keoni Waxman has shot his film like a TV movie, don't go looking for an amazing transfer - sure its good for what it is, but state of the art it ain't. If honest, this movie is only worthy of one star, but for the sheer ridiculousness on display, its notched itself up to a three. I'm happy for anyone to disagree with me, but I won't fight you on it. Ask The Lord as he would be more than happy to oblige. Obviously after he's finished eating.