On Deadly Ground

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3 1/2

The people who think up new action/adventure ideas must be running out of ideas. Rambo hunted the North Vietnamese, James Bond the evil scientists, and now Steven Seagal hunts the evil men of big business in his quest to save the environment. Seagal portrays Forrest Taft, an explosions specialist employed by Michael Jennings (Michael Caine), the owner of an Alaskan oil company. Forrest puts out dangerous oil rig fires with explosives, but when Forrest starts to suspect Jenning's business practices, Jennings tries to have him killed. Jenning's nefarious plan just might have worked, but Forrest's life is saved by some local Eskimos. The chief tells Forrest he must protect the environment from the evil white man who has come to destroy it. A vision Forrest experiences validates this claim. Plenty of explosions, killings and mortal combat sate the bloodthirstiest among us. What is lacking is any sense of plot, character development or good acting. Only die-hard Steven Seagal fans will find this one enjoyable.

The movie unsuccessfully tries to lull the viewer with broad panoramic views of the Alaskan wilderness. However, all the viewer thinks about is, how will he kill the next guy? Forrest himself disposes of about 30 people in the name of the environment. The bad guys kill a few, too, including one old man who is killed by smashing his fingers with a club and cutting off his leg with a pipe cutter. Ten are killed by gunshots and six die in a fiery explosion as we hear them yell. Impalement, strangulation, and the tail rotor of a helicopter kill others. Those he doesn't kill he beats senseless. Forrest complains that he must resort to violence to protect the environment. Then in all seriousness, he reveals a veritable arsenal of automatic weapons and explosives. Ironical is the marriage of New Age Mother Earth environmentalism with exploitive and brutal violence. What are a few human lives lost if we can save the Mother Earth from annihilation? Many obscenities and profanities add to the offensiveness of DEADLY GROUND, a pathetic movie on any grounds.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Warner Brothers, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (34) times - Mild 18; Moderate 16

Obscene Language: Many (85) times (f-word 40, s-word 21, others 24)

Profanity: Many (27) times - Regular 22; Exclamatory 5

Violence: Many times - Severe (over 30 people killed in shootings, some in slow-motion; men engulfed in fire, one killed in explosion, one impaled on stakes, one tortured by amputating leg with a pipe cutter, one killed by helicopter blade, one stabbed in head; kicks, punches and clubs)

Sex: None

Nudity: Many times (female breast nudity dream scenes)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times - references to genitals

Drugs: None

Other: New Age philosophy depicting world as Earth Mother positively portrayed; big business conspiracy to ruin environment

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Intended Audience: Commando fans

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