Die Hard

The legacy of “Die Hard”

Under Siege (1992)

It’s Die Hard…
on a ship.

Is the main character an average Joe?
No, but he poses as one. Casey Ryback is a cook but just so happens to have a background as a highly trained Navy Seal (are there any other kind?)

Yeah, Miss July 1989 in the form of Erika Eleniak as Jordan Tate. Later on a group of rescued marines tag along.

Any personal problems?
He has striked an officer who had gotten his men killed in a botched commando mission during the invasion of Panama. He lost his security clearance and was only able to serve as a yeoman or a cook. He chose to be a cook

Is the lead character there by coincidence?
Nope, he’s just doing his job. He does evade capture by coincidence because at the time of the takeover he was in the meat locker.

Are there any friends or family in danger?
His co-workers, they are, at the time, the closest to friends he has.

What’s at stake and why aren’t the authorities doing anything?
The USS Missouri, but more importantly some nuclear tipped warheads. The only thing the authorities can do is blow the ship out of the water but due to the work of Casey Ryback they’re holding off the attack.

Any charismatic villains?
Tommy Lee Jones as an Ex-CIA-agent and Gary Busey as the traitorous commander Krill.

Is it any good?
It’s widely regarded as Seagal’s best movie to date and one of the best copies of the formula. You can read my review here

Under Siege

Comments (10)
  1. They are planning a remake, I would go for Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Joe Manganiello, Milo Ventimiglia, Tom Welling, Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Runner, Derek Theler, or D.J. Cotrona as Gabe Walker; and Billy Zane, Kevin Spacey, Dominic Pace, Alec Baldwin, Gil Banks, Hugo Weaving, Robert Knepper, Brian Van Holt, Travis Fine, Skeet Ulrich, or Dash Mihok as Qualen.

  2. I think there is a way to improve The Taking of Beverly Hills, like instead an undercover Fed helped crippled a militia group and imprisoned many members including their leader. But the leader’s brother and a few members of the group plant bombs all over Beverly Hills, and threaten to set them off if the leader is not released, and the undercover fed seeks out the bombs while his partners buy him time.

  3. Blast is good, but it would be worthwhile to note that, Agent Lisa Reed (Vivica A. Fox) finds out that Michael Kittridge (Vinnie Jones) is actually a mercenary named Skyler Talbot and had killed the real Kittridge and stole his identity to throw off authorities.

    • There are some sites that list it as streamable, but I don’t know how legit they are. If you own an XBMC player I would advise you to look on that network.

  4. Don’t forget the other scenarios like Terminal Rush, Interceptor, Crash Dive, Counter Measures, 12 Rounds: Reloaded, 12 Rounds: Lockdown, Project: Shadow Chaser, Command Performance, Demolition University, Cyberjack/Virtual Assassin, Final Voyage, and Air Rage.

  5. For Speed 2: Cruise Control, it should have been Direct to Video, and not a sequel to Speed. The lead villain should have been a pirate instead of soft ware designer turned mad bomber trying to blow up a ship.

  6. Every time I see “Air Force One” I remember that in the Tom Clancy novels, the character of Jack Ryan becomes president. This film could have been part of the saga starring Harrison Ford, if he had continued it.

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