Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
Entertainment: +1
Acceptability: -3 1/2

Casey Ryback (Steven Segal) is a former Navy Seal anti-terrorist specialist turned gourmet chef. He is escorting his niece (Katherine Heigl) from Denver to Los Angeles on the train following the funeral of his brother who died in a plane crash. Also boarding the train is a terrorist group headed by renegade scientist Travis Dane (Eric Bogosian). Dane plans to use the train as a moving command post to control a satellite he designed that contains a particle beam weapon. Dane's target is a nuclear reactor under the Pentagon, which he plans to blow up. Dane and his terrorist buddies don't reckon on the skills of Ryback, who almost singlehandedly foils Dane's evil plan. UNDER SIEGE 2 is perhaps the worst action movie in years. The writing is laughable, Segal's tight-lipped, half-whisper macho voice is often unintelligible, and plot devices are tossed about recklessly to provide maximum bloody loss of life. This poorly executed film is a "must miss" this summer.

UNDER SIEGE 2 is incessantly violent, to the point where everything else suffers, especially the audience. Every imaginable kind of injury and or killings include people shot, burned to death, stabbed and crushed. To make matters worse, the viewer must endure over 60 obscenities and 16 regular profanities amidst the murder and mayhem. There is one brief scene with female frontal nudity and rear nudity, as scientists ogle a nude woman on a beach with a high-powered satellite telescope. In another totally superfluous scene, two scientists engage in sexual intercourse on the train, although there is no nudity. Usually even R-rated films have some redeeming qualities. However, this film indulges in violence simply to entertain while the characters spout off disgusting epithets and profanities. UNDER SIEGE 2 is just another example that gives Senator Dole's attack on Hollywood credibility.

Preview Reviewer: Pete Zimowski
Distributor: Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

Crude Language: Many (31) times - Mild 22, Moderate 9
Obscene Language: Many (68) times (36 f-words, 19 s-words, other 13)
Profanity: Many (21) times - Regular 16 (GD, JC), Exclamatory 5
Violence: Incessant - Moderate and Severe (moderately bloody, with the full spectrum of gun, knife, martial arts, explosions, falling, crushing, burning killings)
Sexual Intercourse: Once with no nudity
Nudity: Once (glimpse of full female rear and breast nudity viewed through telescope)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times (crude references to genitals)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
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Intended Audience: Older teenagers and young adults.

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