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Force of Execution

One of the more entertaining of Steven Seagal’s DTV era productions due to it’s varied range of genre and cast. Rather than the usual Seagal fare of CIA guy who is the shadowing one man army against his foes with bored an monotone deliveries of uninspired dialogue, this flick has the chop sockey Aikido master playing a more Brando-esque  crime boss with a little More flare than you’re used to seeing. Maybe his time filming Machete has loosened up Seagal to the idea of playing a more varied character. Let’s face it, his bizarre racially confused Samurai sword wielding villain was both the most entertaining he’d been in a film since Undersiege and possibly he’s played a bad guy. Now you add to the mix Ving Rhames and Danny Trejo and you’ve got a BluRay box that holds your attention. Sure, this isn’t Rhames at his best. Most of his lines are goofy and unbelievable street slang that doesn’t roll off his tongue with any weight but the sheer character of the man is fun to watch playing a scene with Seagal. For Trejo’s part, the Machete man is a little more low key than his recent stints in genre exploitation films and rather than playing another heavy in a film filmed with warring crime families and hitmen, instead plays a humble shop keep. All that said, Force of Execution is still a jumble of a mess to watch and loses you part way through but there are almost enough weird and fun scenes to keep your attention. There’s an assassin who kills the wrong man and consequently has his hands broken only to have Trejo sting them back to life with scorpians. There’s a mob boss who talks like he’s black and fights people aikido-style instead of using henchmen, which doesn’t really make too much sense. Of course this is a Seagal flick so one could presume that an audience would have certain expectations before viewing this movie and while he might have been better served as an over the top whacky villain in a comic book type movie like Machete, Force of Execution is closer to the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Seagal’s career. It’s a Casino style crime epic in Seagal DTV world for whatever that’s worth. And being a man who seems to add a piece of ethnicity to himself from every character he’s ever played, the price admission is worth watching Seagal play an Italian crime boss who has sprinkles of Cajun flavor in his urban black slang and Chicano attitude breaking through his performance of a man with the moves and soul of a samurai warrior. Also the Blu Ray features a seventeen minute featurette on the making of which has a bit of Seagal choreography for the action scenes.

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