Above The Law (1988)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA/Hong Kong, 1988  Story by , , Screenplay by , , Andrew Davis.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Andrew Davis, Steven Seagal.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Ex-fight choreographer Steven Seagal‘s first starring role was the movie that started it all (depending on your tastes that’s either a good or bad thing).

In this simple, enjoyable cop thriller, he plays a former CIA operative in Vietnam and martial arts trainee in Japan who now works the vice squad in Chicago while maintaining a happy home life with wife (Sharon Stone with bad hair) and baby.

He discovers information about a huge drug deal that turns out to actually be a sale of explosives where one of the interested parties is the CIA.

Seagal and partner Pam Grier must survive by his well-toned Buddhist wits in order to survive the enemies that are coming at him from all angles. It’s a film so set in its genre that only those who like endless action and no character development will enjoy it, particularly those who don’t mind Seagal’s sleepy style of acting.


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