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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.
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There is nothing like a Steven Seagal film except another Steven Seagal film. In this film Seagal introduces himself through some philosophical dialogue to let us know how deep and complex he is, unlike his movies. He plays Alexander, the "White Ghost" a mercenary out to kill arms dealer Chen (Tzi Ma). After an unsuccessful attempt in "Dagestan," Seagal is in an unnamed Eastern European nation (Bucharest, Romania) living next door to a beautiful girl Lena (Iulia Verdes) who happens to be the sister of Russian mafia strong arm collector (Victor Webster). Seagal lives a low key life as the building super by day.... Bodies of the Russian mafia litter the street with limbs cut off and oriental symbols drawn by them...Oh who could be doing that?

The plot is straight forward, except for that one thing we see coming. Seagal goes after the bad guys while attempting to save the girl and her sister too. Grindhouse style action, music, and fast speed fighting for Seagal. Some scenes are poorly dubbed, others use English subtitles when they speak English for emphasis (?) and sometimes they speak Russian with no subtitles. They shouldn't allow drinking in the editing room.

4 stars on the Seagal scale.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, stripper nudity. An odd bar where some strippers wear pasties and some do not.
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on 19 October 2015
I have just watched this on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

What Steven Seagal needs to do is make films to this standard and above minimum. Instead of making loads of low budget direct to dvd films which vary widely in quality is only make one film a year and combine all the budgets and make a film with a decent budget. That way he'd get better script writers and directors, actors etc.
I've always followed his career but his later efforts have been poor, bad hair, bad wardrobe, bad dialogue, bad dubbing, bad body doubles the list goes on. He is the ultimate in kicking the crap out of the bad guys and I want him to make decent films.

I feel as though he could do so much better.

Here he has. A Good Man is definitely one of his better efforts and I enjoyed it, I wasn't once bored. There was a lot to like about it. I'd give it 3.0 out of 5.0. Having Tzi Ma in it was good and upped the quality of the production. For a change the majority of the acting was better and overall it was better than anything he has done of late. The actors who played cops weren't very good though! I liked the Sascha character, the actor who played him fitted the role well. He was a decent movie fighter. The fights in general were well done and I liked Stevens performanance in it and there wasn't too much stupid dialogue.The story wasnt disjointed and actually made sense and wasn't a mess. The music was quite good as well and suited the movie. When Steven puts more effort in he's still got it. The ending with Alexander and Lena was understandable but wasn't really necessary, they could have quite easily left that out.

In conclusion we've seen this type of movie many times before, good guy gets bad guys etc, a little cliche but done with more effort this time and was enjoyable entertainment. I think all the elements came together for this straight to DVD cheaply and for a change it turned out to be an enjoyable action thriller. Watch it for free on Prime.
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on 19 September 2015
One of Seagal's better movies, and a million miles from dire morsels such as Against the Dark.

Decent story, reasonable acting, good production - it's obvious that Seagal movies, even if Direct to DVD, are now benefiting from more investment.

Overall, an entertaining movie that you don't have to be a Seagal fan to enjoy.
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on 25 December 2015
Good, right up to the last 1 minute, where the ending with The Good Man and the Bar Girl made no sense at all. Without spoiling it, it went against logic and someone must have had a stroke in writing the last few lines of the script. However, 99.9 per cent of the movie was darn good and overall I give it four stars.
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on 4 November 2015
Two hours of my life I'll never gat back. So not worth the time or bandwidth.
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on 28 April 2016
I only started watching this because it appeared to have decent rating!? we need more normal people to vote it down so regular people dont waste there time, unless you guys are just trolling in which case keep up the good work!!
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on 19 November 2014
I must have watched a different film to all the others because this was dire! Cheaply made poorly acted rubbish! Come on Mr Segal you can do better than this!
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on 20 February 2015
OK, I should know what I'm getting with a Seagal film by now, but somehow I live in hope that one of them will at least equal Under Siege. Hopes were well and truly dashed with this one. Truly awful, and what a shame that film funding can be found for crass stuff like this when there are so many good stories, actors and writers out there whose work never sees the light of day.
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on 10 January 2016
A movie not taken from the TV series. With Victor Webster from mutant x and continuum series and tzi ma from other movies. Pretty good movie set in the eastern block.
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