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True Justice Season 2: Vengeance is Mine
Reviewed by
Simon Black
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True Justice Season 2: Vengeance is Mine DVD Review Vengeance is Mine is a bit of fun, with bad acting and broken bones aplenty.
Rating:
4.5

Feature 5.5
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special features   0.0
Total 5.0
Distributor: Transmission
Running Time: 86 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: M15+

5.0


True Justice Season 2: Vengeance is Mine

Say what you will about Steven Seagalís unconvincing hairpiece, sausage-like fingers, ancient lizard squint and monochromatic characterisations: the man is completely tireless and that deserves respect, even if the only thing expanding faster than his sizable body of work is his waistline. 

Itís interesting to note, for instance, that since his transition to the realm of straight-to-DVD in 2001 Seagal has made more movies than Warren Beatty did in his entire five-decade career.  I like to think of myself as displaying equally connoisseur-like familiarity with both his early filmic output and lesser-known later efforts such as Submerged and Attack Force, but must admit that True Justice slipped under my radar. 

A collection of (thus far) 23 movie-length Ďepisodes,í the made-for-TV series sees Stevie starring as Elijah Kane, a former special forces operative who is drafted in to work for the feds in a variety of exciting and mostly unlikely scenarios.  The first episode of the second season, Vengeance is Mine essentially comprises a fairly shortish, extremely low budget action flick with many of the Seagal trappings on show.  This means lots of high collars to hide his double chin, ensuring Stevie is standing in shadow at all times (preferably shot from the forehead down to disguise whatever that thing is on top of his head) and awkwardly cutting in slightly more slender stunt doubles any time a roundhouse kick or the like is required.  He kicks and slaps at the odd bad guy, in between dispensing unconvincing lines in that curious New Orleans wanna-be-black-man street twang he frequently affects.  In short, True Justice bears all the Stevie hallmarks fans have come to know  and love, albeit presented in a somewhat more rushed and faintly haphazard fashion than is usual. 

Also somewhat surprising is the fact that for once the lumbering Seagal isnít the worst actor in one of his own films.  The assembled cast is hugely low-rent, and although Stevie looks quite sleepy throughout as though heís just finished an enormous meal (which I presume he had) he still musters up marginally more enthusiasm than the rag-tag assortment of nobodies that pass for his co-stars.  His fight scenes are, as has become standard, cursory in the extreme. Whereas early films such as On Deadly Ground featured protracted action sequences in which Seagal sermonised as he slapped, kicked and chopped his opponents into submission, these days he favours the more direct approach of a metal pipe or boot applied vigorously to an enemy's face. Needless to say this engenders such scenes with a certain savagery, but you know what you're signing up for when you take a Seagal movie off the shelf Ė broken bones and lots of them. 

Vengeance is Mine is a bit of fun, with bad acting and broken bones aplenty.  Even the Seagal diehards have evidently had a hard time finding much to recommend True Justice, and this particular stand-alone episode comes across a little sub-par in comparison to some of his better films of late such as Driven to Kill, but if you like your action flicks cheesy, silly and super low budget then look no further.  Seagalrific.

Bonus Features

None.






 
 



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