I am indeed a Steven Seagal fan but not even I can defend this one to much as it is well kinda boring at times, I hate saying that about any film. Seagal has been doing rather well lately with his direct to DVD films or at least compared to others just goes away with this one. It may e because of the writing or the filmmaking but I think it has a lot to do with the actual absence of Steven, he is barley in this film. Still at least the vampire/zombie infected people or what ever look cool.
This film follows two groups of people who are very much the opposites of each other in the fact that one is prepared and the other is not. One group is a group of survivors that are trapped in a hospital over run by these vampire like people. The other is a group of hunters headed by the one and only Steven Seagal. So the movie pushes forth as it shows what it is like in this world from both groups' perspectives and one group is doing better than the other. As the survivors not only try to fend off these creatures they fight each other along the way, you would think they would pull together more. On the flip side the gun toting or in Seagal's case sword wielding hunters are taking these things out.
The thing about this flick is that while a big rip off of other films the vampire/infected people look pretty cool and Seagal is always entertaining it falls very short. The script by Mathew Klickstein could have really used some work because the dialogue is well not all that great, originality could have also been added. The direction from Richard Crudo feels very uneven and makes you wonder if he was trying for something new or just going by the other flicks of this kind. It is weird because this guy has been the DP on some really entertaining flicks. I had really high hopes for this film because when Seagal steps out of his element even a little the results are usually good. His hood flick "Urban Justice" was actually very good and very enjoyable, believe it or not.
If you have to have every Seagal flick like myself then I would say go ahead and get this but know now that he is not in this as much as he should have been. Especially since his character is entertaining, but he only shows up every now and then. The infected vampire like people look cool and when Seagal is on screen there are some good kills but other than that, not as good as it could have been. Also not sure but I think they credit the infected as zombies, I need to go back and look at that again.
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Against the Dark is a 2009 American action and horror film starring Steven Seagal and directed by Richard Crudo.
In a post-apocalyptic world, destroyed by a disease, which may or may not turn people into some kind of vampires or zombies, Seagal plays Tao, the leader of a squad of ex-military vigilantes who are attempting to find and rescue a group of survivors trapped in a hospital. This is Steven Seagal's first horror film.
The film was released direct-to-video on February 10, 2009 and was Seagal's first release of 2009