Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Attack Force


Directed by: Michael Keusch
Screenplay: Joe Haplin & Seagal
Starring: Seagal

Oh dear. It’s getting tough to review these direct-to-DVD Steven Seagal films. I seem to be watching way too many of them, always hoping they might get better and always being disappointed when they get worse. After the endurance test that was Into the Sun, I figured things couldn’t get any worse. Well they have and while I’m not sure if Attack Force is actually worse than Into the Sun, it’s certainly on a par with it and a front runner as Seagal’s career nadir.

Now it’s easy to make fun of Seagal and his films, and most critics do, but it really is too hard to be positive in any way about this film. The most disheartening factor is there was the potential for Attack Force to be an entertaining, possibly even sci-fi tinged, action ride that was completely scuppered in favour of this incoherent, juvenile mess. To be honest, I’m not even sure what the story was about: something to do with the water supply being infected with a new designer drug and Seagal has to stop it. But from the shoddy editing, the non-existent action, characters all of a sudden developing vampire like super powers, the atrocious dubbing and the fact Seagal is actually in this for all of ten minutes (and he actually wrote and produced this thing!!??), Attack Force is a disaster and a complete waste of time.

In an attempt to be positive the film looks glossy and at least this time around the supporting cast are just as bored and lifeless as the leading man. Really, just watch Out for Justice or even The Glimmer Man if you need a Seagal fix. Heed the warnings: this really is as bad as they say.

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