|ABOVE THE LAW (director/writer: Andrew Davis; screenwriter: Steven Pressfield/Ronald Shusett/John Eskow/story by Andrew Davis and Steven Seagal; cinematographer: Robert Steadman; editor: Michael Brown; music: David Frank; cast: Steven Seagal (Nico Toscani), Pam Grier (Delores Jackson), Sharon Stone (Sara), Joe D. Lauk (Senator Ernest Harrison), Daniel Faraldo (Salvano), Henry Silva (Zagon), Ronnie Barron (Bartender), Michael Rooker (); Runtime: 104; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Andrew Davis/Steven Seagal; Warner Brothers; 1988)|
|"A jejune actioner that has
pretensions of making a political statement
things as drugs, smuggling and illegals."
by Dennis Schwartz
Davis ("The Guardian"/"Code of
Silence"/"Stony Island") helms this extremely violent
thriller, a jejune actioner that has pretensions of
making a political statement about such things as
drugs, smuggling and illegals. The no-nonsense,
Sicilian born, brooding, Nam vet, and ex-CIA man Nico
Toscani (Steven Seagal, his acting debut) is
seen 15 years after quitting the CIA as an
aikido-chopping cop on a one man crusade to clean up
the Windy City. He partners with the always likable
Pam Grier, who plays the supportive
cop Delores Jackson. She spends
most of her screen time in a coma.
based on a ridiculous story by Andrew
Davis and Steven Seagal. The writers
include Davis, Steven Pressfield, Ronald
Shusett and John Eskow. They don't hold back
tagging the CIA as the bad guys on the 'war on
Seagal takes down a bunch of street thugs by
martial-arts kicks and by crushing them with his bare
hands, the story then turns its attention to an
assassination plot against the US senator (Joe
D. Lauk) who threatens to
expose a drug network infiltrating Central America and
bringing drugs into Chicago. The cartel is led by
former CIA operatives the hero cop knew as an agent,
when they had the power to thwart his accusations.
Silva is entertaining as the villain. He's a creepy
psychopath sadist CIA operative, who gets pleasure in
torturing those he questions while drugged-out on
heroin. Sharon Stone has a thankless small vacuous
part playing Seagal's emotional wife.
REVIEWED ON 4/8/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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