Begging for Mercy
The most entertaining thing about "Mercenary for Justice" are some of the reviews you might read as somehow some people think this is good. "Mercenary for Justice" isn't good in fact considering that Steven Seagal has made a fair few turkeys this one ranks as one of the worst. In fairness the storyline has the potential to be better, it has some intrigue about it but everything you watch a Seagal movie for is what disappoints.
Whilst on a mission on the French-controlled Galmoral Island things go wrong for John Seeger (Steven Seagal - Today You Die) and his men leading to his close friend Radio Hones being killed. Back in America John pays his widow and child a visit and promises to take care of them but soon after they are kidnapped by a shady CIA faction who want John to lead another mission for them to help the son of a gun runner escape from a Cape Town prison. But are things that simple as it seems as someone else has plans to rob a high security bank and are John's friends loyal to him or not.
Here is the one sort of positive that I can find for "Mercenary for Justice" and that is the storyline has the potential for intrigue. We have various shady men in suits who have an interest in Seeger and we have this dual aspect of a bank job and a prison job. The trouble is that the writing, directing and editing is so poor that it is far too arduous to follow what is going on and if only it had been sharper then maybe it would have been more of an encouragement to do so.
But that is the only semi positive I have because the rest of "Mercenary for Justice" is just poor and utterly uninteresting. Take the main reason to watch which is of course Steven Seagal, he mumbles his way through almost every scene and when he is doing the action it is a long way from the exciting kick butt action of his early years. But of course it's not always Seagal doing the action and again there is use of a body double for anything which requires rapid movement which is so obvious it is ridiculous. In fact going back to Seagal doing action for a moment there is a fight scene in a washroom and the editing is so poor that you can see that the punches he throws never make contact.
Of course there are other actors in the movie and they are mostly a completely forgettable bunch with the exception of Jacqueline Lord who is attractive and Luke Goss who only caught my eye because ashamedly I was a Bros fan many years ago. Most of these other actors and characters seem to be there to pad out the action but all this means is lots of gun fire and big explosions which are just a much of a muchness. In fact the action coupled with the uninspiring camera work makes it come across as visual and audio noise and nothing else.
What this all boils down to is that "Mercenary for Justice" is simply one big disappointment and made me rethink some of the Seagal movies which I had thought were the worst because this hits a new low. The only thing it has going for it is a storyline with potential but it is potential which is poorly handled.