'Flight Of Fury'
(Steven Seagal, Alki David, Ciera Payton, Steve Toussaint, Angus MacInnes, et al / DVD / NR / (2006) 2007 / THINKFilm)
Overview: John Sands (Seagal), is sent in to recover a stolen Stealth Bomber. His trusty sidekick Rojar (Alki David) and John's ever faithful Jessica (Ciera Payton), fight the rebel forces of Banansistan, led by the vivacious Ellianna (Katie Jones).
DVD Verdict: Throughout Seagal moviemaking history, there have been many (so many) of us that have relished in negatively reviewing his films - and perhaps understandably so for the most part in the latter seemingly throw-together years. I mean, come on now Stevie, surely the dogged 'Attack Force' wasn't one of your known finest hours, was it?! That said, I loved 'Flight Of Fury' but those naysayers are definitely going to be quite disappointed with it. I mean, it really is a pretty decent film, but it follows the Seagal acting/plot line path as direct as it has ever done. Anyway, having now redeemed himself quite a bit with this new film - from that debackle that was 'Attack Farce' (sorry, 'Force'!) - he once again uses (interestingly enough) the very same director for this one!
As usual, the story logic is incoherent, but well paced, and Seagal looks fitter and healthier than he has in recent memory. I even feel that the use of stunt doubles is minimal here also. The soundtrack is classically themed and effective, the fight scenes are not extensive but well done and fulfilling, and with Seagal in better form than we have seen him in a while, the supporting cast is quite capable. But, as usual there is some questionable voice dubbing. Not as much as in recent times, but enough to question why it has to be done to every single movie he makes these days! Anyway, given a more substantial budget and a more capable director, Seagal could even do better with scripts like this. But this film was not half bad and I actually recommend it! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enahcned for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of just English Subtitles.