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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Against The Dark...

I know what you're thinking... "Steven Seagal in a horror movie???" That's right, Seagal is entering the horror genre for the fist time. The 57 year old martial arts expert is stepping into hollowed ground. The movie will be coming out in early 2009 and involves Seagal kicking vampire butt. Now, I'm not a Seagal hater by any stretch of the imagination, but several of his latest Direct-To-DVD movies have been average at best. Early in his movie career, his movies were really good IMO. I liked Above The Law, Hard To Kill, Marked For Death, Out For Justice, Under Siege I and II, and The Glimmer Man. The rest that I've seen have been just OK. However, I'm going to give him a chance to prove me wrong in this one. For one thing, I love vampires. If they stay true to the genre and have good special effects, then it ought to be fairly good. I realize Seagal isn't the best actor in the world. When you watch his movies (I've watched a ton!), you know exactly what to expect. Whether he's a renegade cop or a vigilante out to right a wrong, there will be plenty of ass-kicking martial arts style and guns. So for that reason, I'm really wanting to see this one. The synopsis below describes what the movie is about and there is a trailer for the movie at the end of this post. Whether you love him or hate him, Seagal has made a decent living giving us an escapism world where good does conquer evil and good guys do finish first. His religious views and political themes are all throughout his films. That aside, he's an interesting, although I would believe him to be arrogant, man. So check out the trailer and look for the movie sometime early next year...

Synopsis:

In a post-apocalyptic world sucked dry by vampires, a few remaining survivors are trapped in an infected hospital. Tao (Steven Seagal) and his special ops squad of ex-military vigilantes is their only hope.


Born in Lansing, Mich., on April 10, 1951, action star Steven Seagal moved to California with his family at age 5. He developed his interest in martial arts a few years later and began studying Aikido at a Japanese dojo near his home.
At age 19, Seagal left for Japan to study Buddhism and Aikido. When he returned to the U.S. in 1982, he opened martial arts schools and trained many Hollywood elite, including Michael Ovitz, who got Seagal a role in his first film, Above the Law (1988). This success was followed by a series of vigilante/renegade cop roles in Hard to Kill, Marked for Death and Out for Justice.

It was his role as Navy cook Casey Ryback in Under Siege (1992) that got him his first critical acclaim. Since then, Seagal has tried his hand in key supporting roles (Executive Decision), comedies (The Glimmer Man) and environmental awareness efforts (Fire Down Below).




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2 comments :

Elise said...

I hate Steven Seagal. I'm not sure if I can get past him to actually watch the movie.

frgodbeyjr said...

Yep, I know you're not a fan of his. It still may be pretty good... we'll have to wait and see.