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When former black ops operative Tom Steele (Steven Seagal) and his partner Manning (Steve Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Steele realizes he's caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined.
I think everyone knows the horrible track record Steven Seagal has had over the last several years. His films have been way below par and even worse is his ability to convince anyone that he is still an action star. On the flip side Steve Austin is a likeable guy, sure he plays himself in every movie he is in but at least he can do the action scenes and do them well. The story is pretty simple so to go into anymore plot details here is kinda useless, what is written above is more than enough to know before watching the film.
I wasn't expecting an intelligent film here nor was I expecting any award winning performances but what I was hoping for was a decent action flick I could enjoy and to my surprise that is exactly what I got. The film does take a little while setting up the story and introducing us to it's characters but once the action does kick in it doesn't stop till the very end.
Production wise the film looks good and the action and effects are fantastic for a film shot on an obvious low budget. This is easily the best film from Seagal in some time and it's better than the last few Austin films as well. The cast did a good job playing their characters and everyone handled the action scenes quite well. There were times when I found myself laughing out loud when it didn't seem appropriate to do so but chalk that up to some cheesy dialogue.
So to sum things up here "Maximum Conviction" is a action film, nothing more or nothing less, it does have it's faults but the action scenes in the film more than make up for it's short comings. So if you're a fan of action or like either of the film's two stars then I highly recommend picking it up, I wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised by the results.
Available on DVD and Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, both come with Special Features that include:
Audio commentary with executive producer/director Keoni Waxman and co-executive producer Binh Dang, and four behind-the-scenes featurettes featuring interviews with cast and crew
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
*** Out Of *****