Under Siege 2: Dark Territory: Joel David Warren
December 13, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
99 minutes
performer
Eric Bogosian, Steven Seagal, Morris Chestnut, Katherine Heigl, Everett McGill
director
Geoff Murphy
Producer
Julius Nasso
author
Richard Hatem
genre
Action Adventure, Mystery and Thriller

Have you ever loved a movie that wasn’t screened for critics?

Has there ever been a movie that wasn’t screened for critics that you gave a positive review to? —Oliver

That’s a highly relevant question in 2006, when the studios made what seemed like a collective decision to screen less of their third-tier product — or, at least, less of it than ever before. The challenge for critics, who often get their panties in a bunch when a movie isn’t screened for them, is to attend that film, usually on opening weekend, without prejudice. I saw several unscreened films this year I gave positive, if qualified, reviews to, like The Benchwarmers, a pretty funny entry in the slob-nerd genre, and Madea’s Family Reunion, which had the purplish empathy of Hollywood women’s pictures. Before that, I dug Jackass the Movie, which didn’t dare screen for critics (though Jackass Number Two did — go figure). To me, though, one movie stands as the Citizen Kane of films that never screened for critics, and that’s the tensely rousing, still unappreciated Steven Seagal B-movie gem Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.

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