Oh yes, this unmistakably is a B-movie but what else did you expect from a movie starring Steven Seagal, Steve Austin and Michael Paré in it.

It's dumb, simplistic and not even all that entertaining or action packed to watch. Even the simple little things such as gun- and fist fights have a low-budget look to them. Guess it's true there is definitely still a market and a large group of fan-boys for these type of movies but this still remains far from the best thing the genre has to offer.

It's also one of those movies again in which you never really fully have an idea of what's going on it. What do the bad guys want exactly? Who are the good guys fighting for? And why did these obvious well experienced professionals planned their escape so poorly? Seriously, it's one of those movies that you'll discover has more and more plot holes and inconsistencies in it, the more you start to think about it. So you could choose to switch of your brain while watching it but in that case the movie still needs to be fun and entertaining enough to watch, which this movie just isn't.

Problem is that the movie is being far too simple with its setup. It's mostly set at one location; a secret military prison. The one group tries to get their hands on a prisoner and escape while the other group, consisting out of Steven Seagal, Steve Austin and others are trying to stop them. And really, that's all there is to this movie and its story. There still was plenty of opportunity for some more creativity and originality but the movie did absolutely nothing of the sort.

Besides, Steven Seagal never was all that great anyway but he now-days definitely is too old and out of shape to still convincingly play roles in these type of straightforward action flicks. But he most definitely is not the worst thing about this movie. His acting for instance gets surpassed, in an even more negative way, by Steve Austin, who might look big and impressive but still has far too little charisma to be an awesome, tough action-hero, in this particular movie. I don't know, he just seems to be more the sort of guy you want to have as a cameo appearance in your movie, or as an Ivan Drago type of character, who doesn't ever speak too much and its main goal is to look strong and imposing.

I actually feel I'm being kind toward this movie with my rating but perhaps that's also simply due to it that there are definitely still far worse genre movies to watch out there. At least this movie never becomes laughable or offensively bad but just bad in a sort of more general way.


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