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Under Siege (1992)

Director:
Andrew Davis

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Action/Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Kapring p pent hav

RUNNING TIME
103 minutes

Producers:
Steven Reuther
Arnon Milchan
Steven Seagal
Screenwriters:
J. F. Lawton
John Mason
Michael Rae


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Casey Ryback Steven Seagal
William Strannix Tommy Lee Jones
Commander Krill Gary Busey
Jordan Tate Erika Eleniak
Daumer Colm Meaney
Captain Adams Patrick O’Neal
Admiral Bates Andy Romano -
Captain Nick Garza Dale Dye -
Granger Troy Evans v

 

Kritikk

Andrew Davis and Steven Seagal reteamed for another action hoopla starring Seagal as a former special agent, a formula which had gained them success with Above the Law in 1988. Seagal's mellow voice and presence is effectively contrasted with his martial arts skills and as it turns out expertise with a knife. Add to that a semi-clever premise about the U.S. Navy battleship Missouri, a band of terrorists led by a crazed Tommy Lee Jones, and abundances of good ol' macho fun including both missiles and silicone breasts, Davis had found a winning formula for a box-office success. Seen in retrospect, and with a little less testosterone flowing, the film relies too heavily on Jones' antics, which are nevertheless constantly engaging, and Seagal's perpetual and superhuman fighting skills. The latter wears out after a while, and the film ultimately loses that little bit of edge and element of surprise it has in its first half. Erika Eleniak enjoyed her 15-minutes of fame in her role as Playboy Playmate Jordan Tate. And Gary Busey has some very fun moments as Jones' sadistic right-hand man.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 29.05.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 20.02.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang