After a corrupt retired cop discovers that his estranged son has been unjustly murdered, he ventures back into the dark criminal underworld to get his brutal vengeance on the mobster responsible for his devastating loss.~Jay Hayward
With Seagal's very minor role largely confined to sitting at a laptop, smoking an obscenely huge cigar, and mumbling in a dialect heretofore unknown to the English language, we are left with a puzzling mess of a promising action film. Forget the usual Seagal martial arts displays that one would expect. He moves less in this disappointing effort than the stagnant toupee guarding his forehead. In fact, one might surmise that Seagal's total time on the set was less than a day, sans trips to the catering line. However, the project is redeemed somewhat by the appearance of capable actor Zack Ward, who is forever haunted by his role as Scott Farkus, the evil neighborhood kid in the classic "Christmas Story." Like Farkus, Ward preys on the innocent in a role that might inspire the viewer to envision an older Scott Farkus as a misguided adult, emotionally crippled by his ambition to rise to the top of his own criminal universe. If one can forget Seagal's limited presence (and his bewildering "top" billing on the credits) and simply enjoy a senior citizen's version of "The Punisher, then all is not lost--until a disjointed and confusing conclusion where no one is a winner, including the viewer.