"Above the Law" was designed to showcase the talents of Steven Seagal and it succeeded with flying colors. I'm not claiming that it's an exceptional movie, or even the most satisfying of actioners, but it was an excellent starting point as everything about it drew your attention to Seagal himself. I sincerely believe that if the spectacle or story were any more memorable, audiences would've talked about that instead of its star.
Now we have “Force of Execution”, a bad step in the right direction…Erm, that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but to be fair, nor does the title. Nor does the plot. Yet at least everyone- from the actors to the director to the writer(s)- seemed to be trying to make an enjoyable flick. They didn't really accomplish their mission, but they didn't fail miserably either.
“Belly of the Beast” (AKA: The Stomach of Seagal) is one of my favorite direct-to-DVD Steven Seagal features. I’d be lying if I called it ‘good’, but it is consistently entertaining, even if it’s often for the wrong reasons.
“Maximum Conviction” is actually fairly decent. However, Steven Seagal deserves none of the credit here. The weight of the feature is held up by the supporting cast, the writer and the director. If anything, Seagal kept "Maximum Conviction" from reaching its full potential. Then again, watching him play off of Stone Cold Steve Austin is...interesting. So his presence wasn't a total loss.
"Fire Down Below" was a return to epic fail for Seagal, grossing only $16,000,000 of its $60,000,000 budget. But is "Fire Down Below" a bad action film? Not at all. It's a mediocre chick flick. Wait, WHAT?!
It seems to me that Dolph's films suffer from their attempts at evoking emotion from us. He forces in subplots with romance, familial bonding or drama. He needs to stick to what he's best at: beating the unholy hell out of people. "The Russian Specialist" is your typical Lundgren movie. It strikes a balance of good, bad and mediocre.