Under Siege (1992)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller  |   Release Date - Oct 9, 1992 (USA)  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - France, United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Michael Betzold

In the pantheon of action heroes of the 1990s, Steven Seagal ranks a notch below Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, but this 1992 vehicle did manage to knock Die Hard 2 for a loop. Seagal's stone-faced, emotionless character is a freelance do-gooder who has to save the crew of a battleship from a couple of nuclear terrorists who are threatening to -- guess what? -- blow up the world. While Seagal delivers plenty of brute force, villains played by Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey provided much-needed acting talent for this predictable story that delivered a big box-office impact. Director Andrew Davis faithfully packaged suspense and the requisite action scenes in a film that added to Seagal's growing reputation. Three years later, Seagal's character made a return, with the setting changed to a train, in a sequel entitled Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.