It's not just a job... It's an Adventure!
This action-packed thriller takes place on the soon-to-be-decommissioned USS Missouri. Disgruntled ex-CIA operative Strannix, his assistant Krill and their group of terrorists seize the battleship with nuclear blackmail in mind. They've planned for every contingency but ignore the ship's cook, former Navy SEAL Casey Ryback -- an error that could be fatal.
The film that started my unhealthy love of Steven Seagal.
This is one of the few films that my dad saw in the cinema. He's a nut for all things nautical so he loved this and I remember his retelling of the story at breakfast the morning after...
"He was hiding in the meat locker", "he made a bomb in the microwave!", "He's just a cook who happens to be a Navy SEAL!", "Miss July 89 comes out if the cake topless!"
Needless to say my mum wasn't pleased at my dads enthusiasm.
Essentially Die Hard on a boat, this is a quality film with Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey on fine crazy form as the baddies who are aiming to steal the USS Missouri's nuclear arsenal and sell it to the highest bidder.
My mum's favourite movie. I'm not kidding.
I mentioned on twitter how I was watching a load of action films recently, and somebody replied saying they've never enjoyed a balls-out action film. That they thought they were "born without that part of the brain"!
Well, I think I got that part of my brain from my mum's side. I'd always assumed that Die Hard was her favourite film as that's what it used to be when I was younger. However, on a conversation on the phone over xmas, she revealed that it's actually Under Siege. She's also a big fan of the Transporter films apparently. Compared to my mother-in-law's favourite films (Crash, American Beauty, etc) they couldn't be more opposite.…
It's getting to me now. It's infectious and I'm enjoying it more and more.
Last time I gave this a 4 but it's moved up from that level, I think I can pinpoint why and it might sound strange. The reason why I ranked this higher is because of the 'I Got The Power!' dance scene (try to stay with me). Why this scene? Because about halfway through the scene I realised that I was smiling and bobbing and was completely invested in the characters, even though the plot hadn't kicked in yet. I continued to be invested for the remaining runtime after that too...
The acting is perfect and the tone is just right.
Who knows...maybe one day this'll get a 5...Richard Trapp might like the sound of that...
"This insanity is so logical." - Commander Krill.
This is about my eleventh or twelfth viewing of Under Siege (and I think my fifth Letterboxd review of it) and it's still the definitive action film of the '90's, the definitive film of Steven Seagal's career and the definitive experience of my teenage years. This is currently ranked as my third favourite film of all time, and if it's possible, it actually might rise in the coming years.
I seem to be revisiting a lot of my top ten lately, and Under Siege is no exception. I still find it to be the very best Steven Seagal film, a genuinely exciting actioner with broad, over the top villains with great performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey to complement them.
All I remember is boobs... and maybe a dude gets a knife in the face? Not sure. But there were definitely boobs. Sold.
finaly got the un-cut version of this which i watched at the cinema many moons ago.
a very well made action film with some great over-the-top baddies
not the best seagal picture, as it is usually considered. it is still a fun action movie, and one of the better "die hard" knock-offs.
Seagal's best film? Probably.
This is a good time passing action movie or as one shown paired with other action movies. Also makes a good movie to watch when you're home sick. Other than that, I can't say I get the desire to watch Under Siege all that much. Seagal is good in it and Busey and Jones make it fun to watch.
Not much to say about Under Siege. Solid action film but not much more than that. Next time you're huddled under the blankets on a Wednesday morning, make some tea and throw this one on.
Interesting facts about Under Siege:
The USS Alabama (BB60) Battleship museum in Mobile, Alabama, was used as the USS Missouri (BB63) in the movie.
Nine of the actors in this film, including Tommy Lee Jones, returned a year later to appear in the film The Fugitive, also directed by Andrew Davis.
The issue of Playboy shown in the movie is also shown in Home Alone.
"Welcome to The Revolution."
Gary Busey and Tommy Lee Jones steal this film.
Gary Busey AND Tommy Lee Jones as terrorists?! Count me in! The build up in this movie is intense, but the movie doesn't deliver on its promise of awesome, for the most part.
Having not seen this for almost 20 years, I expected it to have dated and be extremely cheesy. But it wasn't too bad! Quite enjoyed it really....