I am almost speechless with this utter rubbish. How could Steven Seagal be involved in this kind of stuff? I'm quite tolerant but this was too much.
I've bought and watched on DVD or TV every, or nearly every movie by mr. Seagal. Some of them haven't been that great, to be honest, but I haven't seen him in a movie so horrible before. Even "Out for Justice" with its scenes of gratuitious and unnecessary violence is light years ahead of this movie. (I though I would never see myself write something like that).
I found one positive thing about this film. Let's list first why I didn't like this movie, though. The biggest, hugest minus is the gratuitious violence: people are beaten in a way that is impossible for a human to withstand; Seagal's character nicknamed 'lightning' for his hastyness shoots an escaping person in the back, killing him in the process; he kicks a person who is lying on the ground; he crushes a person's knees elbows and ribs with a sledge hammer; he slices a throat; to name a few violent scenes in this movie.
I think it's not just bordering on irresponsible, I couldn't help but wondering what kind of example Seagal was thinking he was setting for young kids when his character says "This is fun!" while beating up a fellon who can hardly fight back.
Second huge negative issue with the film is that Seagal has a stunt double who does his fighting! Not only is this unheard of , it also causes severe problems with the so called martial arts scenes because when only Seagal's hands and feet are shown beating someone up - spiced with loud smashing and thudding noises - the result starts to look like a parody, which I quess the film makers didn't intend.
Someone has cut the film to pieces in the cutting room. When someone falls on the floor, or in one scene on top of a potato bowl, they show the same falling twice and not always even from another angle. The fights ended up looking comical, which was unfortunate, because I know that Seagal could have done better.
Third minus, there are discrepancies and bloopers in the film', like you see a guy's front teeth broken, and in the same scene a moment later he says something clearly to his thug friends and you can see his all teeth showing, in place. Someone is thrown from a window a couple of stores high and he survives with bruises. Guys get up from the floor after having been unnaturally beaten. You hear a gun shot and see Seagal's character shoot a gun, that same scene is repeated in the same angle maybe thrice to give the impression of a longer scene. Sick.
A minor thing I would also mention are the lines the characters speak. Let me give a few examples which I found silly and rather stupid to be honest. Seagals character says to his girlfriend something like this: "We at homicide sometimes get to investigate creepy guys". Or he first beats up guys and then he says "Oh, I see you wanna talk to my fist". He has a strange accent and calls all his colleagues "baby". (even male colleagues) One of the oddest lines was when he shot his pistol towards an escaping serial killer about a hundred shots and then he looks at the guy and says earnestly "I just wanna talk". His colleague visits his house where Seagal's character is holding a liquour glass, and says to him "No thanks Im trying to cut on the liquour" , so what does Seagals character do: he hands the liquour glass over to him. The plot is a little bit incoherent tool. At the end of the film, after he has just advised his girlfriend to apply to police academy or something like that, one sees Seagal's character visit a house where he has a russian speaking wife and two kids.. one other odd thing was when a guy jumped over a small barrel and you could hear a huge swooooosh sound. I think they just didn't view the film at all before they released it. So, I did not enjoy watching this kind of slaughter, it topped all violence I have watched ever before.
Ok, that one positive thing , here it is: I didn't notice _even one_ Aikido-technique in this movie. That made me almost glad, that Aikido, the peaceful and wise martial art, wasn't involved in any way. Ok thats it. At least I know what switch I was reaching for.