'Absolution' [Blu ray]
(Steven Seagal, Vinnie Jones, Byron Mann, Howard Dell, et al / Blu ray / R / 2015 / LGF)
Overview: When a contract killer (Steven Seagal) encounters a girl on the run from a mob boss (Vinnie Jones) with powerful political ties, he is torn between protecting the girl, and remaining loyal to the government agency that hired him for the mission.
Blu ray Verdict: OK, let's be brutally honest here: With a trend of increasingly faster and more brutal action choreography in recent years, there's not much space for Seagal's large frame, no matter how many wrists he snaps! For an action movie, the action scenes themselves are far from believable, containing a lot of choppy editing and excessive use of doubles make it laughably bad. At least the trademark of Seagal's movie is still here; his near superhuman portrayal, perfect accuracy and untouchable in fight, even though what he does is just randomly waves his hand.
Seagal is tasked to wrap up a potential terrorist by his handler. After an unfortunate event he finds himself protecting a random girl. This is truly an absurd script, but the girl literally falls into his lap. Then Seagal laments about his existent in his usual erratic mumbling. None of the scenes involving him are convincing, whether it be in the action scenes or his dialogue acting. It's just awkward ... like seeing a grandpa flirt with a girl or a veteran operative waltz in a room and not getting shot because he's wearing "plot armor"!
Anyway, Byron Mann and Vinnie Jones are also present and both of them are decent. Byron Mann performs much better despite being a sidekick character. Vinnie Jones is looking grim as always, even though his appearance is relatively short in the movie. The rest of the cast are stiff. At various points the supporting characters sound like they are reading or even spelling the script. Needless to say, the screenplay of elaborate syndicate is nowhere near engaging.
The action here in 'Absolution' is just brutally weak also. Seagal does some wildly annoying, flailing hand gestures that probably resemble fighting and the camera cuts off to stuntman flying across the room! The vast majority of the scenes are also played by doubles, of that it's quite apparent. It's even worse when Seagal does this transparent excuse of action choreography in a movie where he's supposed to lead.
One must wonder how much longer Seagal can reply only on his fading name, because the story and choreography of 'Absolution' are flimsy here - even by standard of ten years ago! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2:35.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary with Co-Writer / Director Keoni Waman, Actor Josh Barnett and Producer Binh Dang
Behind The Scenes of Absolution
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