Mercenary for Justice (2006)
Aruba / English
"This time, he's not for hire. "A mercenary gets involved in a mission that threatens the lives of his kin. In order to succeed, he must break into one of the most wellguarded prisons in Eastern Europe and free the son of the most notorious drug lord in the world today.
Steven Seagal might be getting old and he also might not have the same
shape he had 20 years ago but he certainly still can make a movie great
just by being in it.
Actually, this movie itself is pretty good. A lot of money has been
spent on making it realistic and entertaining. Reminds you of the good
old days when Van Damme and Seagal were backed by big budgets.
Mercenary for Justice is a colorful film filled with explosive action
scenes, great dialogues and one-liners, fight scenes in which Seagal
actually takes part. It had been a while since I really saw him perform
anything close to his Aikido moves. The balance between realism and
utter irrealism is just perfect.
You got to remind yourself that action movies are a genre in
themselves. Lots of folks try to bring them down for various
reasons...they just don't get the point. Just like romantic comedies
and politic thrillers all follow some basic rules, action movies are
also lead by a set of pre-requisites that you just expect to be there.
Villains you can hate, a hero you can love, a beautiful girl, guns
The production is good. Direction sometimes reminded me of "24 esquire"
hand held camera. Little part of scenes are sometime fast-forwarded to
get a feeling of speed. Well... this still is a direct to video
release, I guess they have to include some cheesy stuff.
The only downside to this picture is the story. It's pretty hard to
follow but it does keep the characters on the move.
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