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At many points in the movie Steven Seagal and others fire unrealistic numbers of shots from their weapons without reloading. One of the most obvious of these is when he fires 10 shots from his trademark weapon, the Colt M1911, which holds 7. See more »
Contains Spoilers. (Like it matters) Steven Seagal is a miracle. Somehow he has made a career making the same film over and over and this is no exception.
In my opinion he is a comic genius and a shrewd businessman, he's so good he has everyone thinking he's an action star. He is master of hypnotism. When you see a DVD of his on the shelf you are always drawn to it. You read the blurb. Ex CIA agent (John/Jack/Jake, or my favourite Forrest Taft) seeks revenge on everyone for kidnapping/murder of family/environment/hostages/nuclear weapons.
You inevitably rent it and proceed to cry with laughter. In this film Seagal, jumps through a train, fights a Ladyboy(!), beats 5 ninjas just by turning around a lot and best of all slicing an arrow clean in half with a sword.
Although this film deserves special praise for giving Seagal some nookie and the chance to find a secret message hidden on a woman's breasts.
After years of trying he may have finally made his masterpiece something to rival Under Siege 2 and all those films that had three word titles, for example; Out For Justice, Hard To Kill, Above the Law, On Deadly Ground and Fire Down Below.
This is comedy to rival Chaplin, Keaton and Jean Claude Van-Damme.
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