I was shopping for a few late night movies and found this interesting double feature DVD on the Wal-Mart five-dollar rack, "Under Siege and Under Siege 2." It seemed like an exceptional bargain. It was. I got a lot of enjoyment out of both movies.
Both movies are somewhat similar. Both movies involve a major passenger-carrying vessel and both were commandeered or hijacked. In both cases, Steven Seagal was the all-purpose hero who dispatched the bad guys and saved most of the good guys. In both cases, Seagal was an ex-Navy Seal and in both cases he was a chef. Yes, a chef. In both cases, there was a sweet young lady who partly accompanied him in his rescue efforts. And in both cases, there was a lot of violence and destruction involved in getting the vessel back. It seems that the Seagal people have found an effective formula.
Both movies have a weak and improbable story line, but I don't think most people who attend would mind or even notice. These things were done for the action and for the thrills, and they did quite well. The main difference was that in "Under Siege" the vessel was the Battleship Missouri, whereas in "Under Siege 2" the vessel was a large fast-moving passenger train. The young lady in "1" was a Miss Something or Other who was smuggled aboard in a cake for a party. The young lady in "2" was Seagal's niece and they were on a vacation train trip together.
Well, what can I say? They were enjoyable movies. Good acting. Lots of action. Lots of violence. They were funny here and there, depending on your sense of humor. I thought that "Under Siege 2" was the better of the two movies by a slight margin. I reviewed "1" and gave it four stars. I gave "2 five stars. In any case, this DVD is certainly an entertainment bargain if you like this sort of thing.