Out of Reach
I was looking through all of the films that scored zero on this site, and came across a Steven Seagal film that I did a commentary on. I thought it would be fun to do another Seagal film commentary so I had a go with this film.
Within minutes though I realised it wasn’t going to work. This was so bad and mundane that it was hard to find anything funny about it. So I gave up.
There was one weird thing about this film. Seagal’s voice as well as a few other character’s voices were dubbed over. For some reason the film makers decided to use voice actors and not the actual actors to do the dub, and in Seagal’s case it was obviously a much younger actor. From Wikipedia:
For large portions of the movie, Seagal was dubbed over by a voice over artist. So at certain times during the movie he speaks with his own voice, but then at other times with a dubbed voice which can be detected very easily as being dubbed. The reasoning for the dubbing of Seagal and other actors in the film was that changes were made in the storyline after most of the film was already shot.
Anyway, this was a film about human trafficking, set in Poland and as I said was bad in every sense, not even entertaining bad.
I looked this film up and found that it’s budget was about twenty million bucks. Did it make it’s money back? I also looked up another Seagal film called Force of Execution and found that it cost about ten million bucks to make, yet the box office take was US$206,000! I looked up other films but could not find much information, most of them were straight to video.
How is this guy still making films? As in other films I have seen, he seems apathetic and he doesn’t put any effort into his martial arts scenes, and he moves like a sloth.
He also comes across as quite the a-hole. From Wikipedia again:
Seagal hosted the April 20, 1991 episode of the late night variety show Saturday Night Live, which aired as the 18th episode of the 16th season. Cast member David Spade regarded Seagal as the show’s worst host during Spade’s time there. Spade and co-star Tim Meadows cite Seagal’s humorlessness, his ill treatment of the show’s cast and writers, and his refusal to do a “Hans and Franz” sketch because that skit’s titular characters stated that they could beat up Seagal. Seagal was never invited back to the show following that episode. Meadows commented, “He didn’t realize that you can’t tell somebody they’re stupid on Wednesday and expect them to continue writing for you on Saturday.” The cast and crew’s difficulties with Seagal were later echoed on-air by producer Lorne Michaels during guest host Nicolas Cage’s monologue in the September 28, 1992 Season 18 premiere. When Cage worried that he would do so poorly that the audience would regard him as “the biggest jerk who’s ever been on the show”, Michaels replied, “No, no. That would be Steven Seagal.
I vow to never watch anything Seagal ever again.
Date watched: March 9th
Film count 2016: 44
Don’t even bother watching the trailer.