Segal plays "Billy Jack" and ruins Alaska's ecological system in this ham fisted directorial debut.
May 17, 2009
On Deadly Ground is a film that Steven Seagal took the mimicking of Billy Jack too far. He stars as a man who's view on life change when he hangs out with some Eskimos. Seagal aims all of his frustrations on an oil rig that's being built in the Eskimos' community. So in short, Seagal destroys the environment in order to save it. His careless actions cause the rig to go up like a roman candle. Oil, fire and death are everywhere. Although Seagal kills the bad guys and saves the day, he turns the Arctic into a toxic waste land. Good job Steve!
This is Steven Seagal's first film he made behind the lens. He tries to channel Billy Jack in this film but fails on both ends of the camera. What made Billy Jack fun is lost in this bloated big budget mess. The film was recut several times to remove a lot of pontificating from Seagal (especially is speech on the environment near the end). Not one of his best films and Michael Caine tries to overact him as well (Check out his shoepolished 'do),
Steven Seagal's infamous movie about saving the planet by blowing up a small part of it is bombastic and by the numbers. Throw in a torture scene and make your costars R Lee Ermey and Michael Caine look like dunces and there you go.
I do like it when people try new things, but sometimes theres only so far the square peg can go in the wrong hole. By nautre, action movies are loud, destructive and low on brain power and shoehorning in an environmental message into the proceedings isn't impossible but you better have a good story to tell with the Aesop or it will just look silly in the end. That exactly what happens in Steven Seagals pet/vanity project, On Deadly Ground. Seagal, while we … more