Mercenary for Justice is a 2006 direct-to-video action film directed by Don E. Fauntleroy. It is part of a series of Steven Seagal‘s direct-to-video movies following the failure of Half Past Dead, and has the "honor" of being released in the same year as Attack Force.
During the production of this movie, Seagal and producer Avi Lerner feuded with one another, which is the reason why Seagal declined to appear in The Expendables or its sequels because those movies were produced by Lerner.
John Seeger (Seagal) is a Gulf War veteran turned mercenary who was forced into working with the CIA to rescue the son of an arms dealer, when they kidnap the family of his deceased friend Jones (Zaa Nkweta). Seeger decides to come up with a plan to bring down both his CIA employers and the arms dealer‘s son.
Why it Sucks
- Extremely confusing plot.
- Terrible editing, which only serves to throw off the audience.
- Poor acting, which range from being lifeless to downright hammy and over-excited.
- Bad fight scenes that relies too much on stunt doubles, as expected from other Seagal direct-to-video movies. It should be noted that this movie uses less stunt doubles than the other DTV movies.
- Some of Seagal‘s lines are obviously dubbed over by someone who doesn‘t even remotely sound like him.
- Unsympathetic heroes, who are in the end no different than the villains in terms of their motives and morals. Despite the title, Seagal‘s character has no qualms in killing innocent police officers and security guards just to fulfill his plans.
- Poor one-liners, one of which blatantly gave away and explained the intended joke.