Steven Seagal's new rock 'em, sock 'em has plenty of action. New York policeman Gino Felino (Seagal) swaggers his large body across the screen, wreaking havoc in his wake, looking for Richie Madano (William Forsythe). Richie, a psycho coke-head, killed Gino's best friend and fellow police officer on the streets of Brooklyn. Besides the police, the Mafia is also searching for Richie, as his random killings in the neighborhood are giving the Mafia a bad name.
The action halts a couple of times, long enough to let Gino talk sentimentally about his youth and growing up in the Italian neighborhood, where most of his boyhood friends have become members of the Mafia. Unfortunately, these respites are much too brief, they are the best parts of the film. The balance has repetitively gross language and the violence is unrelenting. The violence becomes sickening as meat cleavers are thrown into hands, bones are snapped backward and legs are blown off. Richie's brother gets the worst abuse as Gino and the Mafia boys make alternate visits to beat information out of him to find the whereabouts of the elusive Richie.
Each subsequent action film seems to outdo the last in the violence quotient and the viewer is the loser. Seagal's acting has improved since his first film, Above the Law, so maybe we can expect a little more acting and less bodily injury in his next on -- but don't hold your breath.
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