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UNDER SIEGE (1992)
Upon the eve of battleship Missouri's being decommissioned, the U.S. President pays a visit. During the hullabaloo an unauthorized helicopter has been authorized by Commander Krill, not Captain Adam, and Casey Ryback has suspicious feelings involving the mysterious
Director Andrew Davis', "Under Siege," is a slam-bang, action thrill ride.
"A true, manly
man action movie full of havoc and mayhem,
A battleship's cook causes trouble and death for the ruthless bunch of terrorists who take over the ship.
While the U.S.S Missouri on its way back to port, to be decommissioned, the crew prepares to celebrate their Captain Adams' birthday, complete with a hired band, led by William Strannix, and a playboy bunny to jump out of the birthday cake. Unfortunately, William Strannix (Tommy Lee Jones), and his band turn out to be vicious terrorists, who kill Captain Adams (Patrick O'Neal) in his office, and take over the battleship. Luckily for the sailors aboard, a former Navy Seal Captain, but now the ship's cook, Casey Ryback (Steven Seagal), escapes capture and deploys a mission of guerrilla warfare against these grisly characters, who are up to no good. This offensive effort includes martial arts,weapons, tactics, and explosives, which are all areas of expertise of Casey Ryback.
Along the way, Casey comes across the playboy bunny, Jordan Tate (Erika Eleniak), hiding in the locker room. When she refuses to stay quietly in the locker he puts her into, he allows her to tag along and help him a little. She does come in handy.
Director Andrew Davis, who directed such films as THE FUGITIVE, CODE OF SILENCE and "A PERFECT MURDER," is no stranger to intense, suspenseful action films. Davis does an outstanding job envisioning the action sequences, crisp pacing, and keeping this terrific cast right on top of their parts, helping to make a great action film.
This marvelous script, by J.F. Lawton, gives the audience plenty of action, martial arts fighting, humor, suspense, and dastardly bad guys, just aching to get their butts kicked by the ultimate manly-man, Steven Seagal.
Seagal is perfectly cast as a former Navy SEAL who is crafty as a fox, as well as a skilled and courageous warrior. Seagal has never been better than his hard hitting, wisecracking character that he plays here. Interestingly, before he was an actor, Seagal was the martial arts teacher for Michael Ovitz, who is the head of the CAA Talent Agency in Hollywood.
As the bad guys, Tommy Lee Jones (as William Strannix) and Gary Busey (as Commander Krill) both excel. They obviously had fun playing the roles, so the viewer has fun too.
A favorite sequence of scenes happen around a line spoken by Tommy Lee Jones, when he finds some guys in his gang dead because of Casey's creative handiwork. He is truly impressed with the mayhem seen before his eyes; men are hanging around in grotesque shapes and positions, due to walking into a surprise. "Doumer, Doumer, Doumer. Why didn't you hire this person? I don't know what his price would have been, but it would have been WORTH it."
Erika Eleniak, as Jordan Tate (a Playboy Playmate), is good as the girl in the cake and as Casey's helper. She even takes phone messages from Admiral Bates, who calls the ship to talk to Casey, a humorous moment in the script. Admiral Bates: "This is Admiral Bates speaking. I am trying to get a hold of Chief Ryback. Is he about?" Jordan Tate: "He is in a gunfight right now. I'm gonna have to take a message."
Another favorite scene is a fight scene between Seagal and a bad guy in the kitchen. Seagal's in great form and the fight scene has great editing. Robert A. Ferretti is responsible for the tight "cutting."
Also, don't miss the final fight between Seagal and Jones.
This film is rated R, because of violence and general mayhem. It is definitely meant for the over 17 crowd who like the traditional, hard, manly man action yarns.