Steven Seagal (Black Dawn, Under Siege), Garrick Hagon (Second in Command, Spy Game), Skye Bennett (Shadows of the Past) and Eva Pope (Splinter, TV's 'Bad Girls,' 'Coronation Street') star in this hard-hitting, action film... more » about an Intelligence Operative who discovers that no one is what they seem in the shadowy world of espionage. Seagal stars as Jack Foster, a former covert agent with MacGyver-like skills, who is in search of his kidnapped 8-year-old daughter while being pursued by Russian officials who believe he holds a virus formula that could kill millions.« less
"Lord Steven releases lots of movies, so much so that its like having Christmas three or four times a year. Now, my past few little "Christmases" have been disappointing. So, I wasn't holding my breath for a masterpiece when I picked up "Shadow Man"(its lame cover not easing my mind in the least). Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.
The plot is ridiculously convoluted, but here is a vague outline of what happens: Lord Steven plays a billionaire businessman who was formerly a CIA agent. He's also a widower raising a young daughter. His father-in-law is still in the CIA and meets with the Lord and his daughter in Romania for a family trip. Pops secrectly slips the Lord some sort of high-tech nano-virus without Seagal's knowledge then gets promptly blown up by a car bomb. At the same time, the Lord's little girl gets kidnapped. The rest of the movie is doublecross upon doublecross and no one really has any motive save for Seagal, who is out to get his daughter back. Throw in some Russian gangsters(one of which who curiously looks like a mixture of Christopher Lloyd and Max Headroom)out to get the virus, shady government agents also looking for said virus, a femme fatale taxi driver, some excessive violence, and you get a quality Seagal feature.
Firstly, let me say that for the first time since 'Belly Of The Beast' that one of Seagal's movies has a director that actually seemed to give a crap. Michael Keusch, a former German TV director, crafts a fine film with nice camera work, good dialogue, lots of action(mostly hand-to-hand with some nice akido showcased)...but the thing I really liked were the little details: the bad guy with syphilis and his creepy mask, some eyeball ripping, a few brutal gunshots to the face, and a funny cab driver who shows up for a few moments. Its nice, for once, to see a Seagal director take the time to go all out in everything from fight scenes to extraneous details. This is the first time in a while that I've felt like the makers of a Seagal opus actually tried to make it be a good film.
Despite its silly opening scene(just watch for the watermelon and you'll know what I mean), 'Shadow Man' is easily Seagal's best film since 'Belly Of The Beast'. He looks decent, though still a bit pudgy, but better than he's looked in a while. There's some great fight scenes(the Lord's stuntdouble for once isn't quite so obvious), there's hardly any dubbing, and has quite a bit of excessive violence. All the actors are good(even a small role from Brit actress Imelda Staunton), the plot is interesting if overly ambitious, and Seagal seems into it for once. There's no cheese here, no filler at all. 'Shadow Man' is, by far, Seagal's leanest, meanest most action-filled flick in a while. Seagalogists won't be disappointed."
He's Back In Action!
Gregory C. Ashmore | 07/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great plot and superb action! He did a fine job in this film!!"
An enjoyable Ride
M. A. Ramos | Florida USA | 12/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I agree that this movie may cover no new ground. But Mr. Seagal does not use a stand in and does his own work. His acting is believable, even if the ex-CIA billionaire is not. Once again he is an ex-CIA agent that ends up in a quest to find his kidnapped father. He is betrayed as usual, but nothing will stop him from finding her.
As a side plot, his daughters kidnapping is orchestrated so that his character will wreck havoc and get the attention of all the nefarious forces that are trying to gain a deadly bio-toxin which has been stolen from the CIA labs. Seagal performs some basic aikido and a couple of MacGyver tricks. So just sit back and enjoy the ride, it makes for a pleasant evening at the movies. "
THE BEST SEAGAL DTV SINCE BELLY OF THE BEAST
Brian R. Sheridan | Erie, PA | 06/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The plot of Shadowman is a bit over-complicated...and it really doesn't break any new ground...BUT Seagal looks committed to this movie. Almost no fight doubles, he does his own over-dubbing, and acts like he is having a better time than he has in some of his past direct-to-video films. Movies seem to be an after thought. Check out his CD's to hear Seagal's totally passionate about what he is doing -- playing the blues."
The Leather Coat is Back!
Frank E. Fernandez | New York, NY USA | 06/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Here is Steven Seagal, again playing an ex secret agent, in a DTV that is once again shot in eastern Europe. This film was more enjoyable than some of Steven's last few movies. Seagal is more involved in the film, appears to be enjoying himself. There is enough action (gunfights, aikido) to hold your attention. Two thirds of the way through the film, he again puts on his familiar leather coat - even though it looks to be spring/summer in Romania. Biggest laugher - Steven takes on a large military helicopter with his trusty .45 automatic. Guess who wins that fight?"