A Dangerous Man


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

The New Year is here, with our first 2010 film.

As it happens, this is yet another Steven Seagal film with exactly the same plot as every other Steven Seagal film made in the past ten years or so. Just choose any of the following choices in parentheses below and you will be writing your own Seagal movie.

Seagal is a former (super cop, special federal op, special forces warrior) who has to leave the position because (he is unjustly accused of something, he refuses to obey a dishonorable order, he won't "play ball"). Disgraced and having lost everything dear to him, he works outside the law as a free-lance tough guy, ostensibly a mercenary, but willing to take only those jobs which conform to his own highly developed sense of honor. Inevitably, he ends up siding with some hopeless (Russian, Mexican, poor black American, Asian) underdogs against some corrupt (Russian, Mexican, rich white American, Asian) forces who seem invulnerable until the Stout Sensai stands against them, at which point they may as well head off to Vegas and lay down a big bet against themselves because the big fella is about to rain down fists and bullets on them at a rate they cannot begin to imagine.

No matter that the baddies possess more weapons than the U.S. armed services and an army as large as the entire population of India. No matter that big Steve has only his giant pudgy hands and a rag-tag group of untrained and poorly armed misfits beside him. Any sensible drug lord, corrupt cop or white slaver facing the Chubby Combatant should immediately stop ducking the calls from his life insurance agent and sit down for the dreaded complimentary coverage review, because he is about to shake hands with the Reaper.

This particular version of the by-the-numbers story represents the second collaboration between the Stout Soldier and director Keoni Waxman, following 2009's The Keeper. The Keeper is rated 8th of the 34 Seagal films with an IMDb score, and I'd agree that it is an above average effort relative to Seagal's career. A Dangerous Man is not as good, probably below the Big Steve mid-point. It's dark, the plot can be incoherent at times, there's a lot of dubbing, and the fight scenes are mucked up with a lot of speed-ups.

But maybe I'm just splitting hairs, since all Seagal's films seem to have the same script.

It's that one again.





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n/a IMDB summary (of 10)
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Straight to video.


Aidan Dee, as Seagal's former wife, appears topless in flashbacks or dream sequences or something.  Whatever these scenes are, they are not in the film's reality, but somewhere in Seagal's mind, either remembered or imagined.


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D if the genre is "action," C- is the genre is "Steven Seagal movies."