In the 90’s I was all about JCVD and Sensei Seagal; they were arguably my favourite action stars and movies like Out For Justice, Hard to Kill, Above the Law and Marked for Death were practically on repeat in my trusty VHS player.
I’ve always considered Seagal one of the more brutal of the action stars; when he’s beating the shit out of bad guys, he does so without mercy and usually murders them with his bare hands.
In recent years however, Steven Seagal is seen as more of a joke (on-screen) to most people than anything.
With his constant use of stunt doubles during his action scenes, obligatory yellow sun glasses and bizarrely changing accent, he’s certainly an easy target and let’s face it, the majority of his movies aren’t amazing and very few people would actually pay to watch them… apart from me.
He is one of the few action stars who has always stuck to old-school action movies; he isn’t desperate to try and bring in the kiddies with a PG-13 family action film (aside from Half Past Dead) or even try his (slow)hand at a superhero movie.
To this day his films have always remained pretty hardcore and violent usually with some strip club scenes or nudity thrown in for good measure.
I actually enjoyed Absolution for this final scene alone; villainous Vinnie Jones gets his ass kicked by Seagal and is literally on his knees saying “no more”. But Steve doesn’t take to girly men begging for their lives so he kicks him off the balcony where he is impaled on a broken table leg below. Mercy is for the weak! Thank you for this lesson, Sensei.
He still lives solidly in the late 80’s and 90’s and that’s just fine by me; you want to be Ex-CIA in every movie Steve? You go right ahead and here’s my 2 dollars for the DVD.
Let’s not forget that Steven Seagal actually served as a deputy Sheriff in Louisiana and he was actually pretty good at it too; I watched a scene with him training other cops and he tossed them around like paper. There are only a few action stars who could genuinely kick your ass in real life but he is one of them and I most certainly would never want to spill his pint.
Most importantly he could kick my ass before even entering the room; so here’s a salute to Sensei Seagal. Never change.
PS, it was recently announced that Serbia has granted citizenship to Seagal, after he offered to set up a martial arts school in Belgrade. They were apparently too terrified to turn him down (maybe).