Casey Ryback hops on a Colorado to LA train to start a vacation with his niece. Early into the trip, terrorists board the train and use it as a mobile HQ to hijack a top secret destructive US satellite.
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Both locomotives are ex-Alaska Railroad GP7s, numbered 1804 and 1812. See more »
In the first movie - 1992 - Casey Ryback was a Chief Petty Officer (CPO) (E-7). In this movie, 3 years later, he's a retired Lieutenant (O-3). While it is rather common for commissioned officers to rise from the enlisted ranks, such officers are usually no higher than E-5 before they are commissioned. CPO's are enlisted men with a great deal of responsibility and authority - often more so than a junior officer - so it's uncommon for them to even go for a commission. Even so, it's highly unlikely that anyone (CPO or otherwise) would accept a commission and then almost immediately retire as seems to be the case here. Finally, it usually takes four years from the time an officer is commissioned at Ensign (O-1) until he is promoted through Lieutenant, Junior Grade (O-2), and then Lieutenant.
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With the overwhelming success of the first Under Siege, it was inevitable that a sequel would be wheeled out before too long. Sure enough here it is, Under Siege 2 Dark Territory.
Quite why they bothered with the last subtitle I do not known as it is not readily obvious within the action as to its reference but I digress.
This time the terrorists and Segal are all clumped together on a train. Basically it's a similar scenario from the first film, complete with the same Admirals, CIA boss etc from the first instalment.
The weapon of choice this time is a daft satellite weapon controlled by a nutcase and his band of hired mercenaries. The two leading bad guys do however have some wonderful much quotable lines, one in particular I cannot repeat here in print, you will just have to make your own assumption ..
Once again Segal is on his own with just an annoying sidekick/comedy relief (this time a Porter) for company and again he single handed takes on the non-descript bad guys and duly despatches them one by one as per standard procedure in an effort to stop the weapon, save the train and also save his irritating but nice to look at niece.
Sadly the quality of the seemingly recycled script is poor and Segal is hopelessly out acted by the two lead bad guys (Eric Bogosian and Everett McGill) who in turn are out acted by the two former Alaskan Railroad GP7 type locomotives hauling the train!!
Also not helping in my appreciation of this film is the fact that the UK DVD release is badly chopped about and obvious badly done cuts abound throughout. Thankfully an excellent soundtrack from Basil Poledouris saves this film from being just average.
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