24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2000
Most movie sequels I've seen were bad remakes of the original. But UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY delivers some excitement, holding your attention.
Steven Seagal reprises his rule as the Navy cook/martial arts champion serving knuckle sandwiches to hijackers who take over a train. Seagal's in top John Wayne form, speaking slowly and softly and not saying too much. And as in the first film, he's at times funny, with one wisecrack you won't forget. ...
Eric Bogosian adds flavor as a slimey villain, another reason UNDER SIEGE 2 rises above the average sequel. Bogosian matches the high-energy performance he gave several years ago in the movie TALK RADIO.
Is it a Hollywood law to cast women as only sex objects or victims? Katherine Heigl fills the role of the latter in UNDER SIEGE 2. Despite her good looks, she plays Steven Seagal's niece - not his love interest. I suppose that's something you would not predict. But sure enough, the villains capture Ms. Heigl and it's up to Uncle Steve to save her pretty little head.
See UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY. It's a cut above both action flicks and sequels.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 1999
And this is a rare thing . . . a sequel that's just as superb as the original. Steven Segal is the cook again, and he boards the Grand Continental luxury express train with his niece. But trouble brews . . . a group of terrorists led by a disgruntled ex-CIA operative hijack the train to take control of a covert space satellite weapons platform, holding the passengers hostage and blackmailing the Pentagon and others into paying a huge ransom. And, of course, ex-Navy SEAL Casey Ryback(SEGAL) goes into action to stop the terrorists from causing a nuclear attack on the Pentagon with the space weapon. OK, the plot is mind candy, but this movie delivers some stunning action scenes and speeds along with a great sense of urgency as it thrills! The DVD enhances the enjoyment big style as the action comes across as more explosive, the sound effects will rock your living room! The cinematography is also nice to look at - great scenery and train footage for any railroad buffs(like me) watching. Also, if one looks at the film's climax, one could say it was inspired by a brilliant 1976 movie called THE CASSANDRA CROSSING, which I would also strongly recommend. But as far as UNDER SIEGE 2 goes, nobody beats Steven Segal in the kitchen!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2008
For several months we have been searching every video store in hopes of finding Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, only to come up short time and time again. We even checked every $5 bin with exhaustion. The only thing we could come across was Under Siege which we have already watched/reviewed/loved but never it's b counterpart #2. So this past Sunday after a nice day of NFL action half of Sid was poking around his local blockbuster when something magnificent happend. Looking through some videos for sale revealed a copy of Under Siege 2 for the glorious price of $3.99. Just looking at the cover gives you the feeling that you're in for some of the finest action b you will ever grace your eyes upon. You have Seagal who is hanging from a moving train with one hand, his piece in the other, and all the rear cars on fire from a sweet explosion. The only thing that could have made the cover better was if you had a zombie Busey (since he died in the first one) hanging on behind Seagal. But since we didn't have a horror-action here that wasn't in the cards.
Our story picks up with now retired Navy chef Casey Ryback working as a cook at the Mile High Cafe in Denver Colorado ($100 says Seagal begged the producers to call it the Mile High Club). Ryback has decided he wants to take his niece Sarah (Katherine Heigl) on a little vacation to LA which she doesn't seem happy about at all. Instead of being happy to spend some time with uncle Seagal she's pissed because he and her father hadn't talked in years. He gives her some song and dance and all of a sudden she loves him again. Within a 2 minute span she goes from hating him to hugging him saying how happy she is to see him. Typical woman. Now that all is well in the Ryback family they hop aboard the train to meet their uncle Tom porter Bobby Zachs (Morris Chestnut) who has the hots for Sarah. That however soon changed when he tries to make a move on her and she grabs his hand flipping him over in quite the hilarious scene. She says she learned her sweet ninja moves from her uncle as the movie takes b to new heights. From the non stop corny dialogue within the first 20 minutes the film was already up to 2 stars.
Once the train gets moving we see a couple shady characters that you knew would be the hijackers. Travis Dane and his crew stand up with their guns and alert everyone they are taking control of the train. Who hijackes a train? We're pretty sure the last time a train was hijacked or robbed was in the 1920's, but Dane must be a man of tradition. We soon find out that 2 of the passengers on the train hold the secret passwords to control a top-secret government weapon of mass destruction. He makes them cough up the codes by nearly burning their eyes out with some device, which Santa told us all about when he burst in half way through the film. Anyway, once he gets the codes he throws both of them off the moving train down the side of a mountain. Fantastic! Now Dane hacks into the government database taking conrtol of the weapon. He starts going nuts blowing up various building all over the world. In fact the scene of the destroyed industrial facility in China recycles unused footage from On Deadly Ground (1994). In On Deadly Ground, it's the burning Aegis Oil facility. Another star for reused footage.
As the choas continues they find out the universally feared Casey Ryback is on the train. They find his niece and take her hostage to lure Ryback into their clutches. Unfortunate for them Ryback is already on his way killing any of their crew in his path with help from the porter. Ryback is able to unattach part of the cart with a lot of the hostages so they won't have to witness Rybacks sureal ninja moves rendering them speechless. We have some crazy fights scenes in which Seagal hangs off the side of a mountain with 1 hand yet manages to kill 2 guys. Don't ask. And he winds up taking out every villian, saving the pentagon, and his niece. Good thing the government left the fate of the world in Seagals hands by saying "Rybacks on that train? Leave it to him."
Under Siege 2 was well worth the wait. We would give it more then 5 stars if we could. It has everything you will ever need in an action movie. Expect explosions, hilarious sped up martial arts, neck snapping, arm breakings, train jumping, borat looking villan, non stop one liners, rock scailing, knife fighting, and a ton of casualties by the hands of a semi slender pre ponytailed Seagal. If you haven't seen this one and you enjoy our reviews go and pick it up. Do it Now! You'll even get to hear Seagal say "Nobody beats me in the kitchen!"
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2003
This may be the best James Bond movie ever made - and it isn't a James Bond movie. It's also one of those welcome rarities: a sequel better than its original.
Ex-Navy Seal Casey Ryback (Steven Seagall) - as in the first Under Siege - happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time...in this case, aboard a train hijacked in mid-journey by terrorists. His estranged niece (Katherine Heigl) is aboard, trying to manage a little quality time with Uncle Casey. Unfortunately for them, military defense contractor Eric Bogosian - supposedly dead in a car accident, but actually alive and well and in full cahoots with the white supremacist terrorists - is using the train as a mobile platform to elude government detection, while computer-hacking into his own creation: an orbiting Star Wars particle-beam satellite. Bogosian's aim is simple - global blackmail. He and his renegade paramilitary pals want money - a lot of money - or cities around the world are going to start burning. With his country (and the world) at stake - not to mention a trainload of hostages, including his own adorable niece - what's a good, ol' fashioned, red-blooded, patriotic American ex-Navy Seal to do? Why, go to war, of course - regain control of the train, put Bogosian's satellite link out of commission, and kick a little terrorist tail.
Yes, Seagall is a terribly wooden actor, but that strangely seems to work in his favor. The character of Casey Ryback is likeable precisely because he's wooden - somehow, it simply adds to his charm. Katherine Heigl can't help but be adorable, and is appealing in everything she does. Bogosian is as slimy, cold-blooded, and despicable a cad as ever slinked his way smarmily through a red-hot action-melodrama suspenser. The rest of the cast are simply terrific, and the production and action sequences are stellar. The suspense remains steady throughout, which is no small feat for a formula melodrama. There simply isn't a dull moment. This is a beautifully unified and realized production, from Frame One to Frame Last. It's compulsively watchable, and re-watchable.
If the plot sounds vaguely familiar, you're remembering the 1971 James Bond entry Diamonds Are Forever, which ranks on about the same par as this movie. Sadly, the James Bond franchise has rarely come up to the same level, since - but this film has, and surpassed it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2003
Our hero in this movie Casey Ryback(played by Seagal) is going to take a vacation with his neice on a scenic trainride.An evil
band of terrorists led by Eric Bognosian hijack the train.You
will want to note that the villain in this movie is not nearly as evil as Tommy Lee Jones in the 1st Under Seige.They are trying
to gain control of a satellite that can cause earthquakes on earth.Ryback begins dealing out misery and justice to the forces of evil on the train. He has a feirce battle with a menacing looking mercenary on the train.There is action galore in this
movie as well as an exciting finish to this movie. This is as
exciting movie that you will enjoy watching.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2009
This BluRay edition of Under Siege 2 is the best this film has looked since it was projected in theaters, maybe better. It doesn't fix the film's cheesy plot or goofball one-liners, but it still manages to entertain and be one of Seagal's better films after all this time. It's nothing near how great the original film was, but it's serviceable. I only wish there were more extras aside from a handful of trailers. I mean, come on, it's not like Seagal isn't available to do a commentary track. After seeing some of his more recent film exploits I'm sure he'll do anything for a buck or two.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2001
Since 2001 Seagal has been quite happy to let his film career crash and burn while sings the blues and does all his strange little things in his personal life (have you ever tasted his wine or his energy drink?). But there was a time in the 90s when his name guaranteed you an hour and a half of broken bones, severed limbs, bad guys in agonizing pain and a showdown with a head villain who stands no chance against the awesome hurricane force that is Steven Seagal.
I never really like the first Under Siege [Blu-ray]. I found it to be too low key and slow and after enjoying such brain-free fare as Marked for Death and Hard to Kill in my youth I had come to expect a tougher movie than the what we were given (though the tyrannical BBFC cut the film to shreds and denied me what I wanted to see). I was dismayed at the lousy 15-rating and not even Erika Eleniak's boobs could cheer me up (she's blonde-not my thing).
Flash forward to July 1995 and the awesome poster for Under Siege 2 started showing up in cinema lobbies. It featured the impassive one clinging to the side of a burning train hurtling through the countryside and featured, quite frankly, the best subtitle of any sequel ever 'Dark Territory'. This time it was rated 18 which meant I could look forward to all the blood and gore that the first Under Siege lacked. Obviously I couldn't see this film in the cinema, being only 15 and all, so I had to wait until the video came out in early 1996. By that point the BBFC (those people from the dark-ages again) had censored every last bit of red stuff to the point where it could be shown on the friggin' Disney Channel if it weren't for the swearing.
I would have to wait until 1999, when I bought the uncut US version on DVD, to see the film in it's entirety. And when I did it was like watching a brand new movie.
Casey Ryback, now the head chef of the Mile High Cafe in Denver, had retired from the Navy but still works for the government doing the odd secret mission here and there. When his brother is killed in a plane crash he takes his niece Sarah (the lurvley Katherine Hiegl) on a trip to LA on the Grand Continental, but that particular train just so happens to be hijacked by crazed computer genius Travis Dane and his band of menacing mercenaries featuring dead-eyed Everett McGill and the sleazy Peter Greene. He has a beef with the government and is only too happy to use his skills to blow the Pentagon off the face of the Earth and collect a nice paycheck from the Saudis.
Luckily for Ryback, he was momentarily absent when the hostages were rounded up as he nipped into the kitchen to bake a cake. He teams up with naive porter Bobby Zachs (Morris Chestnut, bringing life to an otherwise ordinary sidekick role) and begins his skulking, lurking mission through the shadows and voids of the train to pull the brake and free the hostages. Do these nasty people really think that they stand a chance against Ryback's awesome power and apparent invincibility? Sit back and watch them get annihilated with a variety of improvised mêlée weapons and other gruesome tools.
The train is a better setting than the boat. This time instead of a plain black backdrop we've got lots of pretty scenery and the constant forward motion of the loco gives the movie a nice momentum. Basil Poledouris' score soars miles above Gary Chang's bland notes of the first one and it honestly ends up being one of the best scores ever and a perfect example of how action music ought to be. And don't worry about this one being slow as the first. Under Siege 2 is edited so quickly that coherence is almost lost. You have to pay quick attention and perhaps watch the film a few times just to catch everything.
The comic-book nature of the plot, the cliffhanger feel of the ever-escalating mayhem and cartoonish villains might normally result in a campy movie but Under Siege 2 is as hardcore and sadistic and mean-spirited as the come. That's probably the reason the BBFC chose to cut it, claiming that it featured 'gloating and pervasive violence'. Well, I never found it to be that evil, just entertaining. Which is why I don't like narrow-minded institutions telling me what I can and cannot watch.
No one could possibly have a bad time watching this film (unless it's the UK version) and if you've had enough of Shane Meadows doing pretentious black and white stuff or Keira Knightely in a frock to last you a lifetime then the brainless and breathtaking action of Under Siege 2 is just what you need.
The Blu Ray features a 1.85:1 1080p transfer that is a vast improvement on the DVD. The sky is bluer the explosions are more colorful and the depth of the photography has a lot more clarity. Unfortunately Warner have only given us a regular Dolby Digital soundtrack, which is strange since they gave Eraser [Blu-ray], The Gauntlet [Blu-ray] and Outbreak [Blu-ray] brand new Dolby TrueHD remasters. A real shame, but the sound design of the film is lively enough to satisfy anyway. Only a bunch of trailers are included as extras.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2010
One of my favorite action flicks of the 90's and my favorite Seagal film - I liked the sequel better than the original!
The blu ray audio quality is fantastic on this film: A for audio quality.
The blu ray picture quality is certainly an improvement over the 15-year old DVD version, but lacking in richness in color, but like I said, at 15 years old it is hard to quibble too much about it: B for picture quality.
The blu ray extras are really non-existent. Just some trailers of other blu ray Seagal films. Of course the original DVD didn't have any extras either, so I wasn't expecting much there, but still disappointed a little: D for blu ray extras.
If you are a fan of the film, it certainly is worth the $10 to add this one to your collection. You will definitely see a big improvement in sound quality over the original DVD, and a noticeable difference in picture quality & clarity.
Don't deprive yourself of great lines, such as: "Chance favors the prepared mind"....."No one beats me in the kitchen".....and "assumption is the mother of all (s)uck-ups." You gotta change the 's' to an 'f' on that last one!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2002
Oh yes. Just watch Steven Seagal's face in this movie. It alone delivers an exceptional performance. Chief Casey Ryback is on route with his niece on a train to a cemetery. Wait, there's a madman on the train with a group of ex-Navy Seals. They want access codes for world domination and get rich. Well, they haven't tasted Ryback's cooking. Steven Seagal reprises his role and cooks up a storm in this one. Throw in a noisy sidekick who can't fight and Ryback is really against all odds! Many people fall out of the train while it's moving and it's a shame. Ryback gives cooking instructions how to break some bones and snappy fingers. It was delicious. This movie delivers and I was stuffed with exquisite pastry!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2002
The man who rocked the boat in Under Siege now powers ahead like a locomotive! Steven Seagal returns as ex-Navy SEAL Casey Ryback in the explosive techno-thriller Under Siege 2:Dark Territory, directed by Geoff Murphy.
A renegade electronics whiz (Eric Bogosian) and his mercenary army have commandeered the sleek Grand Continental passenger train, transforming it into a rolling command unit for awesome weapoons satellite. Their plan is ingenious, but not flawless. Because the one passenger who eludes capture is Ryback. Suddenly the train is more than a control centre. It's a battleground. Ryback hits, runs then re-emerges in another car to fight again. All of his skills come into play. But can he work fast enough? The satellite is locked onto it's target. And the Grand Continental is barrelling towards an oncoming freight train hauling gasoline! In my opinion it is not quite as good as the first one but is just as action packed and exciting! A sequel is currently been considered.