Ahead of a release to Prime Video, Mercenary For Justice a 2006 auctioneer starring Steven Seagal, Jacqueline Lord & Luke Goss is set to be released in the UK.
A mercenary gets involved in a mission that threatens the lives of his kin. In order to succeed, he must break into one of the most wellguarded prisons in Eastern Europe and free the son of the most notorious drug lord in the world today.
Despite this being billed as a Steven Seagal movie, it’s not really a Steven Seagal movie, more one that he kind of appears in. The film was made at the end of a contractual dispute with Seagal, who clearly is going through less than the motions here. He’s only in just over half of the movies run time, clearly using stunt doubles, CGI and didn’t even bother to turn up for the ADR recording as sections of dialogue are clearly not voiced by Seagal.
The opening battle at the beginning of the movie is fairly decent, before we are introduced to Luke Goss’s John Dresham, who is billed on screen as ‘CIA Dirty Deeds Man’. Seriously. That’s not all. There’s a feamle contractor who while all the other personnel are wearing camouflage gear, she opts for tight, low cut with a plunging neckline lycra gear and opts to stand up in the bakc of the jeep everytime they travel, which makes her a rather easy target you would think. However this is to be expected as the film is a fairly low budget affair with Seagal hardly bothering and flailing about with the confusing plot (Which according to reports was due to Seagal changing things during filming which makes sense) and lack of decent action.
The problem aside from the on set issues, is that Mercenary For Justice is long past Seagulls prime and unlike the JCVD 2004 release this week of Wake Of Death isn’t interested in anything other than collecting a cheque.
Mercenary For Death will be a struggle even for those die hard Seagal fans, as by this point he was putting in less effort that it took the time to write the first draft of this review.