"Second time round not as good, in fact it stinks"
Steve Seagal once again returns as Chef Casey Ryback and this time he wasn’t so lucky. If Under Siege is his best movie he’s done, then this one is a pathetic step back from that achievement.Ryback’s brother has died and embarks on a train ride with his niece to visit his final resting place as well as fixing some shit, but then he gets caught again in a huge problem since psychotic computer geek Travis Dane (Eric Bogosian) and his deadly sidekick Penn (Everett McGill) take over the train to make it a rolling satellite operations center in order to recover his satellite which was taken from him by the nasty US Government. The purpose: Use the satellites weapon, a particle beam and blow a huge fucking hole in the Pentagon’s ass and destroy the entire east coast; it’s that powerful. Now its up to our hero Ryback and new sidekick Bobby (Morris Chestnut) to save the day.
The moment the movie starts rolling and that awful music from Basil Pouledouris begins its fanfare you know you’re in for a very bad ride. This fucking movie feels so rushed its like director Geoff Murphy tried to outdo Clint Eastwood in how fast can you make a film only that he and his screenwriters Richard Hatem and Matt Reeves forgot all about storytelling and focused on the cheese. And it’s fucking Limburger Cheese because the action sequences are lame and uninspired, the FX is horseshit even by 1995 standards and the plot is totally laughable to the point of disbelief. That whole damn thing about the “ghost satellites” was so fucking lame no wonder this country is as fucked as it is if it were in the real life. Oh well, at least the ever-predictable train crash was quite cool… if you can pass by the obvious fact that it’s a toy train (you can tell so easily, another reason why they FX is bullshit).
Seagal was decent in the first one but over here, he’s a fucking cement block and sleepwalks through the entire movie with his character never ending with more than a bullet scratch. Eric Bogosian hams up the scenery to the point of ridicule, it’s as if he’s playing Barry Champlain once again throughout the entire movie. The rest of the cast is wasted, and no breast showing this time, not even from Katherine Heigl, who play’s Seagal’s niece.The franchise is now officially destroyed, forget that this one exists, and stick with the original one instead. 0-5