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On Deadly Ground (1994)

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Mystical martial artist/environmental agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.


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18 February 1994 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)


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Michael Jennings: Go ahead! Shoot me, go on! SHOOT ME, you fucking COWARD! You haven't got the fucking GUTS!
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13 February 2000 | by (CARDIFF, WALES.) – See all my reviews

I can't understand why people are so against this movie.If Seagal wants to spread a message about the environment then let him;as long as he accompanies it with as much thrilling action as this movie possesses.The final half hour when Seagal punches,kicks.shoots,slices and dices anyone foolish enough to stand in his way as he destroys the huge complex that is Aegis Oil's headquarters is why movies were invented in my opinion; that is to see a great action hero strut his stuff in a way most of us would love to emulate but never could.Seagal is one of the greatest in a long line of such icons and to see him do what he does best is worth putting up with a bit of PC moralising for as long as it does not encroach on the mayhem which it does not here.The British action movie magazine,the otherwise impeccable "IMPACT" disliked this movie immensely and every time they refer to it they call it "ON DUDLEY MOORE".That is a pathetic "joke" and only serves to pointlessly prevent gullible readers from seeing what is,along with Seagal's following film "UNDER SIEGE 2",the American action movie in excelsis.

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