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Above the Law (1988)


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Martial arts hero Steven Seagal developed, co-wrote, co-produced, choreographed, and debuted in this thrill ride -- a cop film with more attitude, and more plot, than its star had duties on the set. Seagal is Nico Toscani, an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist, and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice: expert and thorough bone-crushing. When the FBI orders his squad to ignore the mysterious

May 29, 2007

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (6) | DVD (7)

Woefully short on originality, intelligibility and anything resembling taste.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It contains 50 percent more plot than it needs, but that allows it room to grow in areas not ordinarily covered in action thrillers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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...old-fashioned, nonstop violence from beginning to end, with subtlety out the window.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Seagal's best.

April 26, 2004

An artifact from way back when Steven Seagal was novel and therefore sort of cool.

October 3, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

above-average, and much better than Seagal's later efforts

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

It might be arguable whether it is the best Seagal film or not, but Nico still has all important Seagal trademarks.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Above the Law

sets the stage for what every other seagal film would be for me - entertaining and fun to watch, a guilty pleasure, although the same as every other film he has ever made in most regards. overall, i love this movie.
July 23, 2012
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After watching it again, I realised that there was more to this film than a typical Seagal flick. For starters, its his first major hit and it also set the standard for the 90's cop thriller drama. Dont expect this to be an action movie, its a cold hard thriller with Seagal for the first time showing his red hot temper and devestating his opponents as he battles a shadowy CIA group dealing drugs and weapons from South America and into the US. Framed, harrassed and finally marked for assassination, Seagal plays Nico, a diamond hard cop and special ops veteran who crosses the path of his old enemies from Vietnam and the black group who believe themselves to be untouchable.

With a good cast and helmed by Andrew Davis (Under Seige and The Fugitive) it is a plot worth thinking about as you dont know how the pieces fit together until the latter part of the movie, so its not a typical dmub story, its got meaning and a moral, which is expressed through Seagal's script and narrative.

Very modern and slicker than your average movie, this one is worth watching, dont dismiss it as a cheap Seagal flick, its probably one of his best.
November 28, 2009
Khris N

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This debut action film of karate expert Steven Seagel is fantastic and bloody tough in the cop thriller. Director Andrew Davis gives the movie style, pace, and gets the best acting out of Seagal yet.
September 4, 2008
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