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Mercenary for Justice
DVD disk
05.03.2006 By: Scott Weinberg
Mercenary for Justice order
Director:
Don E. FauntLeRoy

Actors:
Steven Seagal
Luke Goss
Jacqueline Lord

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The back of the DVD case tells you all you need to know: "Soldier of fortune John Seeger (Steven Seagal) is the best in the business ... the business of kicking ass!"
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Does anybody really pay attention to the reviews for the latest Steven Seagal movies? Heck no. Either you're a fan of the guy's patented brand of double-chinned and generic action fare -- or you think he's kind of a joke, running around with that beer gut and the whispery voice and the horrific editing. Should you be a member of the former group, then you might take solace in the opinion that MERCENARY FOR JUSTICE is a few degrees better than Seagal's recent efforts. Then again, that's not exactly saying a whole helluva lot.

Since 2001, Mr. Seagal has starred in ten direct-to-video lensed-in-Eastern-Europe smack-fests: TICKER, HALF PAST DEAD, THE FOREIGNER, OUT FOR A KILL, BELLY OF THE BEAST, OUT OF REACH, INTO THE SUN, SUBMERGED, TODAY YOU DIE, BLACK DAWN, and now MERCENARY FOR JUSTICE. And on the way are: SHADOW MAN, HARVESTER, ENEMY OF THE UNSEEN, and PRINCE OF PISTOLS.

Amazing, isn't it?

Anyway, Seagal plays John Seeger, ultra-mercenary and apparent ass-kicker who's forced to take on an unwanted mission when his dead pal's family is kidnapped and treated rather rudely. Expect lots of shooutouts and slapfights, Seagaloholics, because MERCENARY is a whole lot of the same exact schpiel.

While certainly not Seagal's lamest effort of the past six years (and I underline the word 'effort'), MERCENARY is nothing more than cheaply-made action-flick meatloaf that's been sitting in the fridge a few days too long. If you're looking for stuff like plot, characterization, and intensity, look elsewhere. If you want (yet another) glimpse at the aging Lord of DTV Action, you could pick worse ones than MERCENARY FOR JUSTICE.

THE EXTRAS
There's a very standard 15-minute behind-the-scenes featurette in which all the filmmakers sit down and pretend they made something half-watchable.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A Seagal flick is like a McDonald's burger. And you don't need a food critic to tell you that it's not prime rib. Personally, I'm sick to death of Stevey already; those who enjoy the guy's stuff will probably dig this one a little more than, say, OUT OF REACH FOR A SUBMERGED SUNBEAST'S BLACK BELLY FOREIGN DAWN KILL.
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