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REVIEW: A Good Man (2014) - ManlyMovie

REVIEW: A Good Man (2014)

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Runtime: 101 Mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: Poor as a movie, good as a Steven Seagal DTV

I’m not one of those people who takes aim at Steven Seagal and his movies just for the sake of it.  While some see him as an asshole, I prefer to think of the Sensei as… eccentric.  And that includes his movies, even the DTV ones with horrible names like ‘A Good Man’.  I’ll give his movies a fair shake and to be fair ‘A Good Man’ is one of the better Seagal DTVs.  I realise that isn’t saying much considering Seagal’s ruined resume, and in fact this essentially is not a good movie.  But I expected to watch this movie either laughing loudly or groaning miserably or both, neither happened.

This movie is a basic story of vigilantism.  Steven Seagal is a former mercenary (yeah, I know) who has moved into a building in Eastern Europe where a young woman, also residing, is the target of Chinese and Russian mobsters.  Naturally, some pissants are due to get their wrists bent and their heads smashed through door panels.  In fact Seagal starts killing truckloads of mobsters with a samuari sword, because he also has beef with the Chinese mob leader.  The fact is, this premise should be horrendous stuff but it strangely remains mediocre, more or less, just inoffensively dull. If it was really bad, I’d rip it a new one.

One thing I like about Seagal especially in recent movies is his weapons control, it’s disciplined and professional.  Now say what you will about Steven Seagal, but few actors, even big league pissants who get some weekend weapons course for a movie, handle their weapons in film like Steven Seagal.  It’s the little things that count.  For instance, in the beginning of this movie, Steven Seagal and a comrade are engaging in some room clearance.  Seagal never points the barrel of the gun at his fellow cast member, even in quick turns, he points it at the ground.  Anyway, as for the fight scenes in this movie?  Director Keoni Waxman films a steady fight scene, they’re so-so however.  But a so-so fight scene where you can appreciate what’s happening is superior to Jason Bourne fight scene with unintelligible vigour.

The main problem with this movie and the main thing that prevents me from giving it a 6/10 as opposed to a 5/10 – it’s too long.  Instead of 100 minutes it should’ve been 85 minutes.  Working on a budget, with poor resources, weak acting and a dull locale, you have to respect that your audience is going to fatigue faster.  Waxman tries to compensate the former by upping the ‘thriller’ ante and overwrites the end.  Big mistake.  Victor Webster’s story arc lengthens the movie too much, his character should’ve been cut but probably couldn’t because he’s there to make up for Seagal’s lack of screen time, which is about 50% of the movie.  So they’re in a no-win situation.

Only hardcore Seagal-ites need look at this.  Otherwise, it’s best to avoid it.  One last thing, classic Seagal-ism appears at the very end.  Seagal is in an intimate scene with the girl, 40 years his junior.  Seagal sits on the edge of the bed embracing the now naked girl, fully clothed and and even wearing his favoured 3/4 overcoat.  Yes.

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11 Comments

  1. Mucho Macho

    August 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I am with u regarding Seagal.
    I miss the days were young men could drive Hollywood to make & distribute films such as Hard To Kill, Above the Law,etc. In the theaters.
    Anyways, I know i’ve written this b4 but from Seagals DTV era i love → ” Pistol Whipped & Suburban Justice”
    On Suburban Justice Seagal goes to the Hood to find the man who killed his son

  2. Glen

    August 14, 2014 at 12:06 am

    This was one of his better DTV films. It even looked like he lost a few pounds for it as well.

    • Gambolion

      October 23, 2017 at 3:22 am

      It;s not. It’s awful.

  3. TheOldMcClane

    August 14, 2014 at 12:37 am

    “Comments are disabled for this video.” LOL

  4. Mucho Macho

    August 14, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I meant Urban Justice
    My bad..
    Suburban justice will be my movie:-)

  5. Kong

    August 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    “A Good Meal” sounds more appropriate. 🙂

  6. Nuj

    August 14, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    It’s a decent C grade action movie. As you say, the movie isn’t great but as Steven Seagal DTV it is decent and watchable. The story may be ridiculous, but what do you expect. It does have some decent action, blood gore and lots of tits/ass. For that much I though it was ok andit looked like Seagal didn’t completely phone it in.

    • Jamey_Wildersonson

      October 23, 2017 at 3:24 am

      You’re kidding, right? He almost literally phoned it in. His pet dog that never moved from the carpet had more on-screen presence.

      Seagal’s lips barely move to spit out the trash dialogue – that’s how bored he is. His Louisiana accent comes and goes and his face never changes expressions.

      They could have put a cardboard standee of Seagal in this film and had him voiceover form home, and it would be exactly the same.

      “C” is generous.

  7. RookIsKing .

    April 5, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Worth watching the entire movie for the line 2/3rds of the way through “Now I’m going to snatch every motherfucker birthday.”

  8. Luke

    August 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Yeah I enjoyed this one I was one of his better DDVD films, although I haven’t seen many. I enjoyed Flight of Fury, that was good

  9. Coheed

    October 23, 2017 at 3:27 am

    The best performances in this film are the spray-on hair Seagal uses to fill out his “Ming the Merciless” widow’s peak – and the fashionable scarf that’s used to hide his flabby, fat neck.