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Deadly Crossing - Review

Deadly Crossing

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

IT’S been a long time since Steven Seagal delivered something worthwhile as an action star or actor – even though 2010 has seen something of a mini-revival for this former box office heavyweight.

A real-life police show, followed by a fun cameo in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete suggested he was ready to make a comeback… while another straight to DVD offering, Deadly Crossing, threatened to provide fans with another guilty pleasure to add to their collection.

Alas, it isn’t so. The film is actually a feature culled from a never completed TV series called True Justice that feels like a pilot episode. It’s also an ensemble drama that too often sidelines Seagal’s main character.

When an influx of violent heroin dealers descend on Seattle, Elijah Kane (Seagal) leads an elite undercover squad of cops to bring them to justice.

Totally disregarding the rulebook, Kane and his team employ any brutal means necessary to match fire with fire with the dealers.

At first glance, Deadly Crossing offers the potential to offer a fun ride riddled with action sequences designed to provide an overdue showcase for Seagal’s still impressive martial arts skills.

But this is something that never gets delivered. The action sequences are relatively safe and by the numbers, especially given that they were designed with TV audiences in mind, while the set-up feels as though the film’s makers were aiming for a show in the style of CSI.

Kane’s supposedly maverick, no-nonsense team leader also lacks any real charisma or presence, save to scowl as only Seagal knows how whenever placed in the centre of the action.

But in terms of disregarding the rulebook, he and his team seem to be able to do everything with the blessing of their superior. Kane is no Dirty Harry!

The overall result is a film that understandably illustrates why the show it was meant to support never came to fruition, as well as why Seagal as an action star has really gone off the boil.

It’s by no means terrible… but with one dimensional characters, derivative dialogue and a wealth of movie and TV counterparts doing the same thing better, Deadly Crossing proves to be its own worst enemy.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 86mins
UK DVD Release: December 27, 2010