On Deadly Ground


On Deadly Ground

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Action star Steven Seagal makes his directorial debut in this environmentally conscious actioner. He also stars as a former government operative who heads into the Alaskan wilderness to protect land sacred to the Eskimos from the rapacious dealings of an oil company executive.


Critic Reviews for On Deadly Ground

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  • What a Renaissance Man, that Steven Seagal. He lumbers, he sermonizes, he directs!

    Sep 5, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately Seagal, who also makes his directing debut with this script, is no match for Caine. His on-screen personality is petulant and humorless, his voice so grating you want to reach for a mute button.

    Sep 5, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Although you could certainly wish that Seagal and his writers... could have found less preachy ways to express themselves, On Deadly Ground is otherwise lively entertainment for action fans.

    Sep 5, 2014 | Full Review…
  • ''I didn't want to resort to violence. I didn't have a choice,'' [Seagal] says; a greater man might have said, ''Make my day.''

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: F | Full Review…
  • This is a vanity production parading as a social statement.

    Feb 25, 2009

    Leonard Klady

    Top Critic
  • In contrast to his short, sharp fighting style, Seagal's presentation of the human conflicts and underlying issues consists of vague, sweeping gestures.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for On Deadly Ground

  • Dec 30, 2011
    Steven Seagal, just like many stars in his time, set back American movie back because they played invincible characters that took away any of the excitement we want in a action movie. On Deadly Ground delivers nothing from the action that people like in a Steven Seagal movie and is just another joke in his career. Steven Seagal plays, and i'm making this up, a martial artist/environmental agent who takes on a ruthless oil corporation. I know story is mostly a Seagal movie weak point, but did the writers have nothing in mind besides extending every scene longer than it needs to be. The movie also has some pointless scene like the vision scene which just add an extra layer of badness to the movie. I haven't watched a more poorly written story developed since I saw BKO: Bangkok Knockout. I never found Steven Seagal to be a bad-ass for numerous reasons, one being is that he barely or never get hit at all in his movies. Second being he can't act as everyone knows, so I find no reason to root for him as a hero in any movie. Third, he always plays a tough guy which makes us wonder if he's badly acting the main character over and over. The only redeeming value are shots of the mountain in the beginning of the movie. I never like Steven Seagal to begin with, nothing against him personally, it just his awful movies that I don't like. To think what started as man being used in a bet ended with Steven Seagal being the most boring action star we'll ever have.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2011
    In his eventual Academy Awards career retrospective I do hope Michael Caine's role as Jennings is featured as the centerpiece, the crown jewel of his long and illustrious career. And now, reasons why this movie is awesome: 1. Seagal blows up an oil rig 2. Seagal proves himself to be a true Inuit warrior 3. Seagal vs. Bear 4. Michael Caine's caribu tantrum 5. Seagal beats up an entire bar in order to teach one man a lesson in tolerance 6. Old man in said bar fight tries to throw a weak punch at Seagal and gets owned 6.5. Guys in bar fight who yell: "I'll cut you!" and "MY NUTS!" 7. Seagal survives being in an enormous explosion 8. Dr. Cox from Scrubs pistol wips some eskimos 9. Liles: "Alaska IS a third world country, it's just one we happen to own" 10. Seagal's "the hocus pocus spirit world won't save us now" speech. 11. "Seagal's "background is so top secret it doesn't even flag top secret when you run his jacket" 12. Seagal blows up another oil rig 13. Lee Ermy with one of the best lines in a Seagal film: "Any time the military has an operation that can't fail, they call this guy in to train the troops, OK? He's the kind of guy that would drink a gallon of gasoline so he could piss in your campfire! You could drop this guy off at the Arctic Circle wearing a pair of bikini underwear, without his toothbrush, and tomorrow afternoon he's going to show up at your pool side with a million dollar smile and fist full of pesos. This guy's a professional, you got me? If he reaches this rig, we're all gonna be nothing but a big goddamned hole right in the middle of Alaska. So let's go find him and kill him and get rid of the son of a bitch!" 14. Billy Bob Thornton gets blowed up. 15. Seagal's "save the planet" speech at the end.
    Brett W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2011
    full of wrist snapping and seagal craziness this film is fun if you don't read to much into the central message.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2009
    Had its long boring moments with weird Indian hallucinations...
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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