Sniper: Special Ops
Steven Seagal, Rob Van Dam, Tim Abell
…the kind of film that Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus would have released under the Cannon label.
Whilst rescuing a US Congressman from the Taliban, Jake (Steven Seagal), an expert sniper, is separated from his team, led by Sergeant Vic Mosby (Tim Abell), after their plan goes sideways. Left to fend for himself, Jake must sit it out until his compadres can regroup and get him out of there. And sit it out he does, as Seagal manages to do every little in a film that boasts about him being the lead. The real story here is with Abell as the frustrated soldier besieged by red tape and politics that stop him and his team from re-entering the war zone.
Written and directed by exploitation veteran, Fred Olen Ray, Sniper: Special Ops is the kind of film that Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus would have released under the Cannon label. It boils down the political mire that is the West’s occupation in the Middle East into guns, dusty grunts, overt male posturing, and “comic relief” in the shape of journalist, Janet (Chalene Amoia). It growls about how men should be men, and women can only be as tough as men as long as they’re willing to carry a gun and blow up the leader of the Taliban.
Already narratively weak to say the least, with Mosby’s men forced to deal with another mission before they tackle the case of a missing team member, the film really drags when Seagal is on screen. Trapped in a room with a fellow fallen soldier, the Under Siege star appears utterly disinterested with his part in this whole thing; staring off into the middle distance whilst mumbling all his lines. If you have a stockpile of irony stashed away, you may be able to sit through this with enough good favour, but that’s not an admission of approval.