Steven Seagal has slowed down considerably from his earlier days. He was always more mass than speed. Seagal was famous for breaking bones in the same way Van Damme was known for his agile kicks and Chuck Norris for his moustache. The problem with Seagal is that his mass just keeps increasing, and many of his more recent action films have relied far more on the editing than any abilities from the former action star. Surprisingly, Maximum Conviction does a far better job of hiding this, perhaps somewhat helped by the addition of another action star.
Steve Austin joins the cast alongside Seagal with a story that feels a great deal like Under Siege 3. Seagal and Austin are former Special Forces commandos turned private security contractor named Steele and Manning. They are on a top secret mission in a secret military prison, guarding a special prisoner when a group of hired mercenaries take control of the facility and begin to hunt down their target. Matters are made even worse when all of the deadly prisoners are released, making it a free for all which Steele and Manning must survive, along with their prisoner.
The action is sub-par for a theatrical film, but for straight-to-video it comes closer than I expected to the action films of Seagal’s glory days. There is even a compound fracture within one of the fight scenes, which is sure to please fans of the 80s action star. The Blu-ray high definition enhances the action further, though the gunplay is far from impressive in the audio track. The special features include a commentary track with executive producer/director Keoni Waxman and executive producer Binh Dang. There is also a behind-the-scenes featurette, a featurette about the two action stars and interviews with them as well.
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