Over the years it is no secret that Steven Seagal went from box office action star to a straight to DVD regular. While his films have yet to find the quality of some of his previous work his last few have definently been moving in a more positive direction despite their flaws. His latest, A Good Man brings him back to the action alongside Victor Webster on a mission of vengeance, but will it bring what made Seagal a star to the table or will it end up being a fight he just can’t win?
A Good Man follows a member of a special ops team whose career ends in disaster who is now living off the grid attempting to lead a quiet life as a handyman at an apartment complex. But when one of his tenants and her family fall under the thumb of a Russian gangster, he is dragged into an all-out war between rival Chinese and Russian gangs; forcing him to not only defend the family, but bringing him face to face with an old foe, and giving him one more chance to reconcile his past. This is a pretty average straight to the shelf action flick with very little helping it stand out from the norm. The story is decent enough but nothing that hasn’t been seen in some capacity before. Seagal has very little range as an actor so is pretty smart at always playing basically the same guy and here is no different. While Seagal is the lead in the film, Victor Webster steps up to help with the heavy lifting in the action department. One of the things that this one has going for it is seeing Seagal do all the fighting himself for the first time in a while. In recent years he has done a lot of it, but used some stunt doubles for some sequences, usually due to the production situation and not necessarily by his choice. Here he looks to be all in and bringing some of his sword skills that we haven’t seen much of in the last few years with the exception of his villainous role in Machete. Webster steps in with plenty of fight sequences as well with both of them bringing some decent action to the table. The acting is not all that great throughout and not all of the action is great, but you get pretty much want you want out of a Segal film with this feature.
While he is still a far cry away from Above the Law and Out For Justice, Seagal has managed to keep it going and this film is actually one of the better ones to come along in a while. With that being said, it is far from a great movie and those not already fans will likely hate it, but those are the same people that probably won’t watch it anyway. If you are a Seagal fan and need your fix of his brand of justice then check out A Good Man when it hits stores on August 19th.