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One of the Most Entertaining Movies of the Year
on 3 December 2004
I and my work colleagues decided a while ago to start 'Steven Seagal' nights after work, in which we'd watch some of his movies to have a laugh. We started with Exit Wounds (which I own anyway, as a DMX fan) and one we rented: Belly of the Beast.
I can honestly say now, that I have never laughed so hard whilst watching a film. This is at once, the funniest and most ridiculous film I have ever seen, but is all the better for it. It defines the phrase 'so bad it's good', and is guaranteed to have even the most cynical movie watcher sniggering.
No one can take Seagal as a serious actor, apart from maybe in 'Nico', but here even he manages to out-act the majority of the cast. The plot, dialogue and action scenes are purely ridiculous, but to such an extent that you cannot help but enjoy it. Lines such as 'Next time, it is you that will be the apple' will stay in your mind long after you watch this movie, and scenes such as the one in which the mysterious woman reveals a hidden message using water, will bring a smile to your face every time you think about them.
To sum it up, this film is great, in an absolutely terrible way. It has everything you could want; Badly edited fight scenes in which no attempt is made to disguise Seagal's body double, ninjas with swords, monks in a wind tunnel, nudity and unknown actors desperately trying to break into the industry.
Don't get me wrong, although this is an awful film, it is still immensely entertaining and has found a place in my heart. Suffice to say that we no longer just have Steven Seagal nights, we have Belly of the Beast nights! Highly recommended viewing.