Steven Seagall : Cross
Steve Austin : Manning
Michael Paré : Chris Blake
“No Pain, No Gain!”
It’s very painful to witness the loss of an icon in the “action movie” genre. Steven Seagal is a bloated shadow of himself. I’m sure he can’t finish most fighting scenes without being out of breath. I’ve never been a big fan of this actor whose movements in fighting are always identical. It always looks as if he’s fending off his opponents blows in a casual besotted way. As if it was a terribly irritating swarm of flies. Being assisted by Steven Austin doesn’t ensure the level going up. Austin is an enormous weight of dumb muscle.
“Maximum Conviction” is an action movie where you empty your head and focus on an infinite point. It’s nothing more then a meaningless and stupid movie anyway. A series of uninspired fight scenes and gunfights, followed by sequences of groups of people who seem to be running through dark corridors and rooms endlessly.
The gunfights follow the same scenario all the time. It goes like this : group/person nr.1 looks around the corner and fires a salvo, group/person nr.2 looks around the corner and fires a salvo, group/person nr.1 looks around the corner and fires a salvo … and this is repeated a few times until someone finally is hit. And please, can anybody tell me what kind of material they used to fabricate some items so they could be indestructible allthough being hit by so many bullets. And a few minutes before that, those same bullets made sure the pieces of a concrete wall were flying around. Amazing !
Action figures aren’t exactly famous for their high quality acting talent and are usually judged on their level of toughness and execution of actions. In “Maximum Conviction” however, the performances are so pitifully that I’m ashamed of them. The storyline is really too stupid and too simple to be reckoned with. But this is not the focus of this movie. It would have been better if they just edited the fight scenes sequentially and thus granted me time to look to another better action movie. Because believe me, there are plenty of better movies in this genre. Seagal, it’s time to have a look at your retirement plan.