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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Underrated Action Thriller Ever, 22 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Under Siege [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
OK, here's the deal. You love action thrillers and you've just seen all four Die Hard movies. Now you're sweating; you're hands are shaking; you're getting a really bad headache. You need another fix of guns and explosions fast. Well may I recommend that you try out this movie? Under Siege, the 1992 movie starring Steven Seagal.

In this movie a large group of terrorists, lead by the hippy-looking William Strannix (Tommy Lee Jones) and the traitorous Commander Krill (Gary Busey), hijack a battleship filled with tonnes of weapons and take all the sailors on the ship as hostages. To rub further salt into the sailors' wounds this all happens on the Captain's birthday. The nerve of some of these terrorists! The sailors' only hope of rescue comes in the form of Casey Ryback (Steven Seagal), an ex-Navy SEAL working on the ship as a lowly cook.

As an action thriller Under Siege does not disappoint. The opening 15 minutes are slow as the storyline needs to be established, but after that the movie really gets going and maintains a fast pace right up until the end credits start playing. Being set on a battleship you would think that there wouldn't be much room for maneuver in terms of gunfights and explosions; but this actually works for Under Siege. The cramped confined nature of the ship's corridors only make the gunfights more intense as you watch, knowing that one false move could spell the end for the hero.

As with most if not all of his movies Steven Seagal plays a level-headed character who always knows what to do, where to go and when to move. From start to finish he'll leave you repeatedly saying "He is SO cool." But threatening to upstage Seagal is Tommy Lee Jones. Jones plays Strannix, the leader of the terrorists and a lover of the 60's. Jones' character is more than just evil. His character's eccentric behaviour, dress sense, and love of 60's war make him funny without turning him into a comical farce. Definately a joy to watch.

Criticisms? Negatives? Complaints? In all honesty there really isn't much to criticize about this movie. The only downside to it is the final confrontation between Ryback and Strannix. It could've done with being at least two minutes longer and being a little more intense. But other than that this movie is pretty near perfect.

Under Siege is a movie that seems to have gotten lost in a tide of action thrillers, and has clearly been overshadowed by the Die Hard movies; and that's a real shame. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy John McClane's antics as much as the next guy, but Casey Ryback should get an honourable mention as a great action hero character.

So does Under Siege warrant a 5 star score? You bet it does! Now go buy the movie and enjoy 98 minutes approx. of action thriller heaven.
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2013 12:09:18 BDT
underrated , haa haa no it is so tame the cuts tamed it and the action is not hardcore , the film was good but it is forgetable , because i think he should have killed more with his knife it needs 15
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