Roland Sallinger is an LA cop who after nearly being killed by his greedy partner, and eventually being forced to retire for medical reasons, flees to San Antonio, Texas, after being asked ...
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Roland Sallinger is an LA cop who after nearly being killed by his greedy partner, and eventually being forced to retire for medical reasons, flees to San Antonio, Texas, after being asked to work as a bodyguard for the daughter of a wealthy businessman. The businessman had been a colleague of Sallinger years before, when they were both cops. When mobsters kidnap the businessman's daughter, he hunts them down to rescue her and protect her.Written by
Steven Seagal's prized 10 Gallon Hat only appears in one scene, instead of being a signature part of his outfit as original intended. This is because a big gust of wind carried it away. The costume department had other hats, but after the heartbreak of losing his most valuable possession, Steven swore to never wear a cowboy hat again. NOT. See more »
(at around 1 min) Flying Cessna Citation 2 in 180 degree flyby shot is different from jet that lands and is towed into hanger. Different numbers and jet in air has handles with red arrows painted back of cockpit windows and plane on ground doesn't have them. See more »
Next stop Texas for the aikido master.
Forced into early retirement following a bitter betrayal, Sallinger (Steven Seagal) is hired by a rich Texan and old-time friend and ex-Policeman, to work as a freelance bodyguard protecting his daughter from a criminal.
The Keeper was the best film Seagal had made since Exit Wounds in 2001. Sound is a problem in parts, particularly the scenes of non-action, where audio levels are a bit low, but otherwise this is a film of adequate structure, good action, properly established characters, reasonable story pacing and good acting from the supporting cast.
It has the feel of a theatrical film - which it was - albeit on a limited release. Director, Keoni Waxman gave Seagal just the shot in the arm he needed after such a long period of sub-standard offerings. Seagal performs well here too - his fghting scenes have better perspective and the hijack scene is done well with some good tension. He looks of pensionable age as a cop - regardless of being retired by the LAPD - but he carries the part off well with the kind of charisma his audiences have missed for a while. Waxman and Seagal have collaborated many times since and the standards have gone up a notch, It's a film I would say is enjoyable if not quite one to recommend to the broadest of audiences.
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