UNDER SIEGE is a fast-paced action movie about a group of nuclear terrorists high-jacking the U.S.S. Missouri, and the ship’s cook (Steven Seagal) coming to their rescue. The high-jacking takes place as the U.S.S. Missouri embarks from Pearl Harbor on her final voyage across the Pacific to San Francisco, manned only by a skeleton crew. A group of terrorists board the battleship via helicopter posing as entertainers for the Captain’s surprise birthday party. The guerrilla force takes over the ship, imprisons the crew and kills all the high ranking officers including the Captain. Their goal is to ransom the world using the formidable nuclear arsenal aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, and no one can stop them, not even the U.S. government. However, just in the nick of time, Steven Seagal comes to the world’s rescue.
Obviously, UNDER SIEGE is a violent movie. Men are gunned down by automatic weapon fire, explosions, impaled, knifed, or whacked with martial arts. Seagal’s performance gives his audience what he is known for: lots of action, violence and martial arts, but there is very little substance here to nurture our souls. While Seagal’s character has a noble purpose (i.e., saving the world), his methodical slaughter of the bad guys teaches us that evil can only be overcome by more evil. In almost every instance, Seagal kills his heinous opponents in self-defense, but his actions still condone excessive murder and killing.
(LLL, VVV, NN, B) The theme that the wages of sin is death is marred by 22 obscenities & 5 profanities; revenge, explicit violence (Over 50 killings caused by gunfire, victim impaled by falling steel girder, use of knives and other weaponry, martial arts, explosions, destruction of property, & terrorists hijack battleship for government extortion and world anarchy); and, brief upper female nudity.