Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Epic explosion and improbable survival

Here are a number of frames from an explosion sequence in the Steven Seagal movie "On Deadly Ground" (1994). Steven's character has on only a fire retardant suit, yet he miraculously survives! LOL

This is a good mindless action movie and the dialogue is often unintentionally hilarious.

He's nursed back to health by a tribe of Innuit and then goes to kick the asses of some oil company scum!

Here is a sample of the hilarious dialogue:

"My guy in DC tells me we're not dealing with a student here, we're dealing with the professor. Anytime the military has an operation that can't fail they call this guy in to train the troops ok. He's the kind of guy that would drink a gallon of gasoline so he could piss in your campfire. You could drop this guy off at the Arctic Circle wearing a pair of bikini underwear without his toothbrush and tomorrow afternoon he's gonna show up at your pool side with a million dollar smile and a fistful of pesos. This guy's a professional ya got me. If he reaches this rig we're all gonna be nothing but a big goddamn hole in the middle of Alaska. So lets go find him and kill him and get rid of the son of a bitch."

Forrest Taft, Seagal's character, is touched on the forehead by the Innuit elder and thus enters a vision quest, his spirit guide is the bear. He fights the bear and is thrown into the water, he then goes into a cave and meets an old woman who seems to speak for Grandmother Earth. She tells him all life is in pain and suffering due to the damage man has inflicted upon the earth and that he has been chosen as a spiritual warrior to fight for the Earth. He then emerges from the water, reborn and ready to do battle!

Michael Caine plays the villain in this film and Billy Bob Thornton makes a cameo. Also of note is Joan Chen. This really is a fun action movie and the film does have a good environmental message.


  1. Oh wow! The old Inuit lady ... that reminds me of the old Indian lady who nurses Homer Simpson after Marge leaves him in "The Simpsons Movie" because he didn't care that Springfield was going to be destroyed by an EPA headed by the evil Russ Cargill. This movie might be the source of that scene. Cool.

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