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Under Siege Reviews

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May 16, 2017
Brilliant film but not perfect.
½ March 23, 2017
An awesome action movie. Intense and violent, but so cool. Even better than EXECUTIVE DECISION. Rips off DIE HARD, but still good.
March 20, 2017
Very good movie. While its plot is clearly reminiscent of Die Hard, the film is still a fun blend of high-octane action, well-choreographed fights and solid comedy to forgive the similarities, supported by strong performances from Jones and Busey.
March 20, 2017
Daft action film, but it's Seagal so what do you expect? Big backing cast though. With brilliantly crazy turns from both Jones & Busey as the villains. Who would have thought that the team that made this would go on to make the oscar winning 'The Fugitive'.
February 5, 2017
Straightforward, high-octane '90s action. It's Die Hard on a Boat; one of Seagal's best.
½ January 23, 2017
Crazy movie, great action
January 13, 2017
It's good movie to watch
November 20, 2016
11/13/2016: An entertaining 90's action flick.
November 4, 2016
The battleship USS Missouri arrives at Pearl Harbor, where George H. W. Bush announces that the ship will be decommissioned in California, making the trip her final voyage. Casey Ryback (Steven Seagal), Chief Petty Officer assigned as a cook, prepares meals in celebration of the birthday of Captain Adams, against the orders of Commander Krill (Gary Busey), who is having food and entertainment brought by helicopter. Krill and other officers provoke a brawl with Ryback. Unable to imprison Ryback in the brig without clearance from the captain, Krill detains Ryback in a freezer and places a Marine, Private Nash, on guard. A helicopter lands on the ship's deck with a musical band, along with Playmate Jordan Tate (Erika Eleniak) and a group of caterers who are really a band of mercenaries led by ex-CIA operative William "Bill" Strannix (Tommy Lee Jones). Strannix' forces seize control of the ship with Krill's help. Several officers are killed, including Adams. Ryback hears the gunshots and begs Nash to free him, but Nash refuses, thinking it is fireworks. The surviving ship's company are imprisoned in the forecastle, except for some stragglers in unsecured areas. Strannix intends to sell the ship's Tomahawks by unloading them onto a submarine he previously stole from North Korea. Strannix and his men take over the ship's weapon systems, shooting down a jet sent to investigate, and plan on covering their escape by using missiles to obliterate tracking systems in Pearl Harbor. Krill realizes they forgot about Ryback and learns the kitchen is an unsecured area. Strannix sends two mercenaries to eliminate Ryback and Nash. Nash is killed, but Ryback eliminates the assassins and also creates a time bomb. Ryback contacts Admiral Bates at the Pentagon on satellite phone, whereupon the Navy plans to send a SEAL team to retake the ship. Krill discovers Ryback is not just a Chief Petty Officer but a former Navy SEAL with extensive training in anti-terrorism tactics. To keep the missile-theft plan in place, Krill activates the fire suppression system in the forecastle, leaving the crew members to drown. The terrorists expect that Ryback will try to save his colleagues, and set up an ambush...

On its opening weekend, Under Siege made $15,760,003 from 2,042 theaters, with a $7,717 average. From there, it went on to make $83,563,139. Worldwide, it made $156,563,139. At the time, it was the most successful film ever that had not been screened for any critics prior to its release. Reviewers praised Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey's performances as the film's villains. This is one of the few Steven Seagal films to be certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, along with Executive Decision and Machete. It was also the only Seagal movie to receive an Academy Award nomination, earning two nominations for Best Sound Effects Editing (John Leveque and Bruce Stambler) and for Best Sound (Donald O. Mitchell, Frank A. Montaño, Rick Hart and Scott D. Smith). However, it did not win in either category. Re-seeing "Under Siege" wasn´t all that exciting I must say. It´s a standard Steven Seagal vehicle with the exception that we see both Gary Busey and Tommy Lee Jones as the antagonists. The action is bloody and over the top, the acting is truly unbalanced and so is the direction from Andrew Davis (who normally can handle this sort of films), the plot is not very believable and the general vibe is just a poor mans 90s action flick. You just end up thinking that Erika Eleniak´s presence is the only positive thing about "Under Siege" and not much else.
July 18, 2016
One of Seagals better films - which is to say it is nearly as good as Jackie Chan's Hollywood flicks. We know who's gonna win, but there are moments when the viewer can be forgiven in thinking it will be a bittersweet victory as the baddies include Busey, TL Jones, and Colm Meaney.
June 24, 2016
Seagal's only good movie.
Steve Grady
Super Reviewer
May 7, 2016
"Under Siege" is a classic 1990's action due to its intense climax, great acting and lack of computer generated images. The plot to "Under Siege" is the captains' birthday awaits and everything is planned. On the evening a group of terrorist take over and it's up to one chef/former "S.E.A.L." named "Casey Ryback" portrayed by "Steven Seagal" to stop the terrorists. The movie opens with a classic introduction to "Casey" which is him talking to his friends. The scene shows that "Casey" is a nice person, which makes the audience care for him. The action-sequences in this movie are intense and exciting. The action sequences that show "Casey" and "Jordan Tate" portrayed by "Erika Eleniak" together are splendid they show their relationship grow and develop. The movie's climax certainly lives up to the suspense mixed with the amazing cinematography by "Frank Tidy". This is the first time seeing "Steven Seagal" in an action movie, honestly as a film critic his performance blew everyone away, it was terrific. "Gary Chang" creates music for drama/action and even rock and roll. "Gary Chang" does a swell job due to being able to change the emotion correctly in his music. By far the best thing about the movie is the cinematography "Frank Tidy" both an experienced and talented man films "Under Siege" with darkness and excitement. If you are a person who enjoys "Steven Seagal's" action movies then I highly recommend you watch "Under Siege" as it has splendid performances, amazing filming and a superb film score. This movie doesn't have too many flaws; to list them would be nitpicking. Although the movie does have some parts of it that could improve slightly, the movie's script is most likely the biggest issue but once again small details. I give 1992's "Under Siege" an 8.5/10.
March 23, 2016
It is Diehard on a boat, but the action scenes, and Tommy lee Jones and Gary Busey performances make it work.
February 8, 2016
Under Siege, all of Steven Seagal movies always outstands me for what a colossal hold and a colossal mess it is both at the same time. The result is all of them but not this one. I know all of you people are gonna say, you all going to say that Steven Seagal is crap cause I know I've heard my dad said it. But for me, I'm a big Steven Seagal fan. This film is good, very underrated. It might be worth a watch.
½ February 6, 2016
A pretty decent B list action movie. It has most of the right ingredients you need for a really good movie, but kind of falls into the more mediocre category. Still enjoyable though.
November 28, 2015
The best Steven Segal film.
½ October 13, 2015
This may be the most unusual thing any of us will ever see in our life times; A good Steven Seagal film. In fact if Seagal hadn't been in it then it would have been a great action film, period.
½ September 1, 2015
Garnered as one of the best action films of 1992, Under Siege delivers all the necessary thrills due to a career-defining performance by Steven Seagal and memorable performances by Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey.
½ August 5, 2015
Possibly the best Seagal movie.
July 16, 2015
Well crafted Seagal action movie.
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