Under Siege (1992)

Day one of the DailyView kick off continued with a movie that was leaving HBO Max on April 30th. I decided that it was a good opportunity to see this for the first time.

Honestly, I have never been a fan of movies featuring Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude Van Damme and so I went out of my way to avoid watching any of these when they were released. Without this binge, I would still have never watched it. Having now seen it, I would say that it wasn’t that bad.

Casey Ryback (Steven Seagal) was a cook aboard the battleship Missouri who seemed to have a close connection to the ship’s captain. When the XO Commander Krill (Gary Busey) throws a party for the captain’s birthday, a group of “entertainers,” lead by Tommy Lee Jones with his weird hairdo, arrived on a copter and began to cause chaos.

I have to say that I did enjoy watching Seagal move through the battleship doing damage to the bad guys. The kills were entertaining and creative. Yes, Seagal seems to be in total control of the battles and he is never really in danger, but that is expected in a Seagal movie.

I hated the character played by Baywatch actress Erika Eleniak. She was an annoying, waste of time. I so wanted her to stay in the locker that Seagal originally placed her. This character was able to suddenly do things that she wasn’t able to do five minutes before. She served no purpose. It was so clear that, when she said that she would not kill someone, that she was going to kill someone and save Seagal. I actually said it to myself when she said it.

Tommy Lee Jones was way over-the-top, chewing every scene. He was fun to watch while doing it. Yes, he was pretty one-dimensional doing it, but he was a hoot.

It was dumb and basic, but it was an enjoyable watch. Certainly better than I anticipated. I am glad I watched it before it left HBO Max.

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