Under Siege

Despite some occasional flashes of inspiration, this is yet another B movie with bloated production values. Instantly tagged as "DIE HARD on a battleship," UNDER SIEGE gives us Steven Seagal as Casey Ryback, a former Navy SEAL who, because of his resistance to the US invasion of Panama, has been demoted to the post of cook on the USS Missouri. He's called...read more

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Despite some occasional flashes of inspiration, this is yet another B movie with bloated production values. Instantly tagged as "DIE HARD on a battleship," UNDER SIEGE gives us Steven Seagal as Casey Ryback, a former Navy SEAL who, because of his resistance to the US invasion of Panama,

has been demoted to the post of cook on the USS Missouri. He's called on to do more than sling hash when the ship's second-in-command, Commander Krill (Gary Busey), arranges a "surprise" party for the Captain's birthday featuring rock singer Strannix (Tommy Lee Jones), outside caterers and a

topless dancer (Erika Eleniak). Strannix turns out to be a renegade CIA agent who, with his "caterers," takes over the ship with an eye to removing and selling its weaponry. But he hasn't reckoned on Ryback, who teams up with the topless dancer and a few of the ship's officers to put matters to

rights.

During its opening scenes, UNDER SIEGE threatens to achieve something like DIE HARD's blend of wit, ingenuity and action, with Jones and Busey making highly entertaining, creepy-funny villains. Once the stolid Seagal takes over, however, we settle into a predictable high-tech groove of explosions,

gunplay and gore. Though as capable at staging explosions as anybody, director Davis still betrays no more feeling for character or suspense than he did in his earlier films, THE PACKAGE and ABOVE THE LAW.

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