Rated: R for obscenities and violence. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: July 14, 1995 Released by: Warner Brothers
Action star Steven Seagal reprises his role as Casey Ryback, the Navy cook and SEAL leader.
In this sequel, Casey has left the Navy and runs a large restaurant. His karate prowess comes more into play than his cooking skills, when he joins his teenage niece on vacation.
They take a train from Denver to Los Angeles, where unfortunately a couple of scientists who work on a top secret nuclear satellite are also on board.
The action begins almost immediately when terrorists take over the speeding train. Headed by Penn (Everett McGill), a steel-jawed soldier of fortune, and Travis Dane (Eric Bogosian), a loony computer whiz, they torture the scientists to get the codes to the satellite so they can sell it to the highest bidder. However, the terrorists didn't figure on dealing with the like of Ryback.
Both bad guys overplay shamelessly. Bogosian acts wild-eyed and crazed and McGill is over-the-top as a control freak who enjoys pain.
Seagal is big, agile and deadly, and his fighting is enhanced by some humorous use of kitchen gadgets. His dialogue is at a minimum but that just leaves more time for the action sequences which come at you fast and furious.
The same storyline used in Under Siege, of a novice helping the experienced Ryback to free the hostages, shows up here. A porter, who gets caught in the middle of the fracas, ends up doing some pretty heroic things.
Although Under Siege had a better script with some good performances, the is sequel delivers what Seagal fans have come to expect -- excitement, thrills and some outstanding special effects.
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