A mystical martial artist/environmental Agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.A mystical martial artist/environmental Agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.A mystical martial artist/environmental Agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.
Forrest Taft (Steven Seagal) is an environmental Agent who works for the Aegis Oil Company in Alaska. Aegis Oil's corrupt C.E.O., Michael Jennings (Sir Michael Caine), is the kind of person who doesn't care whether or not oil spills into the ocean or onto the land, just as long as it's making money for him. He even makes commercials that make him look like he cares about the environment. Jennings is almost finished with building his new state-of-the art oil rig: AEGIS-1. The problem is that if he doesn't finish building the rig in thirteen days, the land rights will be returned to the Eskimos and the Alaskan Government. When Jennings finds out that Taft's best friend Hugh Palmer (Richard Hamilton) has a computer disk that contains information about defective equipment on AEGIS-1, he sends out his goons to murder Palmer. When Taft tries to interfere, Jennings tries to kill Taft. But an Eskimo woman named Masu (Joan Chen), who introduces Taft to her father Silook (Chief Irvin Brink), the Chief of her tribe, rescues Taft. With Masu's help, Taft begins a trek through the Alaskan wilderness, heading straight for AEGIS-1 and to destroy it before it destroys all of the forest. —drayj65 <email@example.com>
Loaded with thrills, chills, and kills, On Deadly Ground is an action fan's dream!
After I had completed my reading of the book, "Steven Seagal, the man, the myth, the legend", I had become interested in his work outside of the laboratory, back when he was paying his way through M.I.T. by appearing in the occasional action film. And what an introduction it was. On Deadly Ground is pulse-pounding, senses-shattering, tear-jerking masterpiece of the action genre, with ample amounts of social commentary and slapstick comedy added to make this a celluloid gumbo of extreme potency. Although this was originally an off-broadway show, Steven Seagal's deft hand carefully eliminted what didn't work, and added several original musical numbers to give this film his distinct signature. It works on several levels, as a showcase for Seagal's undeniable breakdancing skills, a message film, bringing the plight of our eskimo brethren into our own living rooms, and as an edge of your seat thriller, with a penguin stampede that will have you quaking in your seat. A top-notch entry in the Seagal canon, and a truly amazing directorial debut from the man who bent the atom to his will.
- Feb 8, 2002
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