Over the years Steven Seagal went from a huge box office action star to a straight to video action star and then on to reality star. His last few films he has been teaming up with other action stars and been delivering some decent action fun. His latest Force of Execution keeps that trend going with Seagal teaming up with Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, and newcomer martial arts star Bren Foster, but does it pack the punch fans are hoping for?
Force of Execution follows a crime lord torn between his legacy and his desire to get out of the life of crime that has built his empire, but when a new player to the scene tries to use the town anti-hero's network to climb to power the only friend the crime lord has is his assassin protégé who has troubles of his own. Much like a lot of these films lately that sport these known action stars it ends up being the lesser known actor being the lead. In this case it’s Bren Foster who looks a lot like Colin Farrell is carrying this film in both acting and most of the action sequences surprisingly adequate. Unlike those that normally completely falsely advertise the others involvement, this gives each of the name actors some good amount of screen time making for a decent old school action flick. Seagal himself has plenty of action scenes and while they are not as awesome as the Above the Law days, mostly due to the way they are shot, he is not missing a beat and still kicking ass with the best of them. His biggest issue is that he whispers when he talks so there are numerous lines that are kind of hard to understand. The rest of the cast deliver performances like you expect and do a good job rounding out the film. The story is simple and has been done tons of times in various forms in action films, but still works fine. The real showcase here is the action, which is primarily Foster in action is well done and he is an impressive martial artist making for a good old school karate action film.
There is nothing here that is breaking the mold in the action genre, but still manages to deliver enough action to entertain. Most likely those fans of the old school martial arts straight to video films are going to be the ones that dig this, but it’s good to see Seagal stepping things up a bit and at least look like he is trying to make good movies again. If you are martial arts fan or just an old school fan of Seagal fan then check this film out.