Under Siege

IN 1992 A BATTLESHIP’S BEEN SABOTAGED BY NUCLEAR PIRATES OUT TO STEAL ITS WARHEADS. NOW, SURROUNDED BY TERRORISTS, A LONE MAN STANDS WITH A DEADLY PLAN OF ATTACK. 

When the USS Missouri is overtaken by terrorists, it’s up the battleship’s cook (Steven Seagal) to save the day. Seagal’s most successful action movie was a step up – this Die Hard on a ship had a higher budget and bigger stars. The scenario has no credibility, but Andrew Davis keeps up the tension as a cat-and-mouse game plays out between the nifty cook and the bad guys. The latter are played in amusingly over-the-top fashion by Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey who make up for Seagal’s stiffness. Shamelessly entertaining at times, and the movie also gets a kick out of its real-life setting, the 1992 decommissioning of the Missouri.

1992-U.S. 102 min. Color. Directed by Andrew Davis. Cast: Steven Seagal (Casey Ryback), Tommy Lee Jones (Bill Strannix), Gary Busey (Krill), Erika Eleniak, Patrick O’Neal, Nick Mancuso… Colm Meaney. 

Trivia: Co-produced by Seagal. Followed by Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995).

 

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