Steven Seagal is Against The Dark17 Apr 2020
I learned a long time ago that Steven Seagal was used up pretty much after his second film, Hard to Kill. Not that he was good in those first two flicks, but rather that he was sort of good looking, could pull off fight scenes believably, and did not come across as being the arrogant prick he does now. Sure it’d be one thing if his arrogance was justified, but does he seriously think he’s that good of an actor that his mere presence in a movie makes it a hit? Hello! Where has this man been for the last 20 years? Did he miss the part where his 30+ films sucked so bad that most either went straight to DVD, or he had such a small role that his presence went unnoticed? (Shock me shock me shock me with that deviant behavior!)
And what the hell is up with Stevieboy’s ponytail? Did someone once tell him that “Hey! That’s a good look for you” so he decided he’d be buried with the damned thing? Is he afraid if he takes it down all his hair will fall out?
And heaven forbid he have any inflection in his voice or facial expressions. I guess it would detract from his “signature” dark and brooding look that he likes to display in all his roles. Pretty hard to screw up monotone.
Then last (but certainly not least) is of course Seagal’s ever expanding waistline. You’d think with all his vast wealth he has earned from all these “hit” films, he’d be able to afford a trainer, but I suppose they would not teach him anything he doesn’t already know, and I would imagine they would quit within the first 10 minutes of training. So instead he wears that same black jacket, movie after movie (or at least they all look the same to me) since as well all know, black is very slimming…. Yet I watch Seagal’s movies - many of them, anyway - probably because being a lover of gawd-awful cheesy movies, I know Steven Seagal will deliver. So imagine my elation when I found out he was in a movie that involved none other than vampires. Hell yeh!
2009’s Against The Dark is another one of those flicks that start out in medias res where a contageous virus has turned all of the infected into flesh eating vampires. Everything about these vampires scream zombie but because they cannot go out in the daylight we learn they are actually vampires. It’s a damned good thing they told me this early on in the movie, too. I needed the clarification ‘cuz I was pretty convinced they were zombies.
So within the first 5-10 minutes we see that Seagal plays the role of Tao (ooohhhh, how symbolic) a “hunter” who slices and dices flesh eating vampires with ease as he rushes in to save the human life of a mere lad. Such a hero.
Scene break to six survivors who managed to be trapped inside an abandoned hospital while looking for meds as they search for an exit while simultaneously staying alive. Not so easy as the hospital is filled with the vambies / zompires that are just itching for yet another meal.
I’m not going to bother mentioning any of the other actors in this movie because true to form they are all basically no-name nobodies. I’m also not going to walk you through the chain of events that causes them to die, one by one, until the last remaining few are saved by our symbolic hero Tao. Nor will I go into detail about how the film is darkly shot in an attempts to hide the many flaws of our hero, as well as add to the fear factor of flesh and gore that is so prevalent throughout the film. I would however like to comment on the movie’s soundtrack and how humorous I found it to be in the selection of music played to enhance our “amazing” vampire hunter. Hand picked by our star actor himself, I am sure.
Against the Dark did entertain me though, thanks in part to the ample blood and gore. Add that to the fact that nothing else was on tv and I was tired. Plus I was surfing the web while I was watching it. Besides, Seagal’s screen time was all of maybe 15 minutes in total spread throughout so if nothing else, that shows promise… right? Almost makes me regret not having watched Lawman yet.