November 19, 2014

Casey Bowman vs. Casey Ryback

Two men with girly sounding names but with a particular set of skills which make them deadly to their enemies.

Casey Bowman (Scott Adkins) is the protagonist in the Ninja movies directed by Isaac Florentine and Casey Ryback (Steven Seagal) is the hero from the Under Siege movies… he also cooks.

There is no doubt they are complete badasses but just who is truly the best? Let’s take a look at how many bodies they leave in their wake.

Casey Bowman in the 2009 film Ninja only takes out a measly 13 bad guys but in Shadow of a Tear he kills a far more impressive 31 people, so that’s a grand total of 44 kills, math fans!

In the Seagal classic Under Siege, Casey Ryback kills 30 villains and in the unintentionally hilarious Under Siege 2 he takes it easy and only kills 24. That gives us a total of 54, making Ryback the winner of this round.

But what of the characters themselves?

Well Casey Bowman is a trained killer, raised by ninjas but he still manages to be a nice guy who just has to beat people up sometimes.


Casey Ryback on the other hand is actually a bit of a dick, even to his friends, for example:

Casey Ryback: Calaway, Gunner’s Mate.

Calaway: Yeah, Chief?

Casey Ryback: You see those?

[pointing to the 16″ guns]

Casey Ryback: We still got shells for those.

His tone of voice in this scene is so patronising that if I was said Gunner’s Mate, I’d tell him to sod right off. Sorry Ryback, you’re an ass. And by the way, get your own bloody pies out of the oven! No wait, don’t pimpslap m—Oww!

OK moving on, how about the action? Well the Under Siege movies have bigger budgets so the action is larger in scale with explosions, shoot outs and fist fights galore.  Ryback has training in martial arts, explosives, special-weapons and tactics. He is highly skilled with firearms, knives and other forms of combat. He is not to be trifled with (get it, he’s a cook? trifle? Huh? Ah forget it!) And has plenty of great fights, concluding with a knife fight with Tommy Lee Jones’ character William Stranix. Did I mention that Ryback also cooks?

Casey Bowman is trained in Bushido and is a lethal ninja; he has taken on legions of bad guys and remained victorious; he also knows how to use weapons and like Ryback would not be someone you want to get on the wrong side of.

So by now Casey Ryback is kind of overweight from eating too many of his own pies but Bowman is still pretty much at his physical peak; perhaps when he was younger Ryback might have kicked Bowman’s ass but for me, it’s Adkins all the way and Casey Bowman wins.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.

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