Definitely one of the better of the "Die Hard on a (fill in the blank)" movies that came around in the early nineties to capitalize on the success of that film.
The movie spends enough time setting up the characters (both good and bad guys) to ensure they are more than cardboard cutouts, then launches into the kind of non-stop action that is a hallmark of the genre. Picking the bad guys off one at a time while protecting the innocents is always fun, and it is even better when the person doing it is underrated by the bad guys (which is why he's a cook/former navy SEAL).
Fun stuff for a Friday night with popcorn.
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Steven Seagal can consider himself lucky if he ever makes a better movie than this one, which was appropriately dubbed "Die Hardon a battleship" when released in 1992. Seagal handles the heroic duties with his usual wooden efficiency, but the movie's greatest assets are a punchy script and the scene-stealing performances of Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey. The two play leaders of a terrorist group who take over the venerable battleship USSMissouriduring its final commissioned voyage. They're crazed psychotics who seize control of the ship's nuclear arsenal, but they don't know that Seagal--as the ship's cook, no less--is a former Navy hero, lurking in the shadows and waiting to spoil their nefarious scheme. Director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) helms the action with skillful style, and as the cheesecake stripper who proves handy with a hand grenade,PlayboyPlaymate-turned-actress Erika Eleniak gives Seagal another reason to strut his macho stuff.Under Siegeis hormonal hokum for gun-happy viewers, but as action movies go, this one's a definite guilty pleasure.--Jeff Shannon