If you are anything like me, the simple fact that Steven Seagal is still making movies is a cause of endless amazement.

Now don’t get me wrong, take me back to the days of Hard To Kill, Marked For Death or Out For Justice and I was all over every release from the great ponytail.

But, nowadays, with his best years behind him and his waistline ever-expanding, I barely shrug when the latest effort pops up on the shelves.

Force Of Execution still managed to reel me in though, thanks to the inclusion of hardmen Ving Rhames and Danny Trejo as supporting players.

I should have known better though, as the flick turns out to be the confusing mess of a movie I had a hunch it would be.

To be fair, there are some decent action sequences – not from Seagal it must be said, but from Bren Foster, a new martial arts kid on the block who in many ways is the star of the film.

Foster stars as an assassin who works for Seagal’s crime kingpin Thomas Douglas, but after a hit goes wrong at a prison, Foster’s Roman Hurst finds himself in the thick of a turf war between Douglas, his goons and a gang led by Ice Man (Rhames).

Ice Man is looking to muscle in on Douglas’ action, while Douglas himself can’t seem to make up his mind as to whether he wants to remain a villain or become a good guy, leading to a whole host of sequences where you’ll be struggling to understand the exact motivation.

Trejo turns up as Jimmy Peanuts, a bar-owner dubbed a ‘Mexican Mr Miyagi’ in the special features (yep, I watched them), offering some sage advice to Hurst before finding himself in the crossfire.

It all leads to a chaotic showdown where the various gangs square off against each other, with a pretty unsurprising climax.

Naturally the supposed purpose of a Seagal flick is the action, and the sequences involving the big man are very much the norm – very little movement, an arm twist here and there and people flying through the air for no real reason.

But things are a bit different with Foster, who offers up plenty of high-kicking antics that at least up the ante violence-wise.

There are also quite a few enjoyable shootouts, although the obvious CGI blood flying around is always a no-no in my book.

Seagal whispers his way through the dialogue, Rhames looks bored a lot of the time and Trejo is, well, Danny Trejo.

Foster at least puts in the effort and, who knows, he may move onto bigger and better things.

Rabid fans of Seagal probably know what they are getting into if they check this out, but Force Of Execution is not the movie to reel in any fans of his that have fallen by the wayside.

EXTRAS: Making Of, Trailer

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About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.