Marked for Death (1990)


“One thought he was invincible… the other thought he could fly.  They were both wrong.” John Hatcher

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in ’90 and 16 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After a Jamaican gang targets his family, a Federal Agent goes out for revenge.

My Take on it – In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Steven Seagal became a staple actor for delivering fun yet silly films with lots and lots of carnage.

This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater after it came out but since the story is superfluous to these kind of films, I didn’t recall anything about it.

I always loved the way that the titles of all of his solo films from that era had titles that could always finish the sentence “Steven Seagal is…” Above the Law, Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, Out For Justice, Under Siege, On Deadly Ground, etc.

This film delivers what one expects it to deliver because we get some thrilling fight scenes that feature Seagal’s martial arts talents throughout.

The plot tho is quite horrendous and constantly feels as if it is there solely for the purpose of trying to give a spotlight to Seagal’s spree of killing and maiming the bad guys (stunt men) as much and as uniquely as possible.

The plot itself moves along in a pretty strange manner which hurts things even more and makes things feel even sillier.

This film does have a few twists along the way that should work much better than they do, but instead they seem to be placed there in order to give the star more of a reason and opportunity to add even more violence and action to the film since they don’t really help the plot at all since they are unexplained properly.

Bottom Line – Fun Seagal film that is only worth watching for the fight scenes. The plot is horrendous and seems to just be filler in order for him to kill and maim as many stunt men as he can.  The plot moves along in a very strange manner which makes it all seem quite silly. This film has a few interesting twists along the way, but they make little sense unless one wants to add more violence to the plot since very little explanation is given for these twists.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was named one of the most violent movies of 1990 by the National Coalition on TV Violence. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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One thought on “Marked for Death (1990)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1990 | MovieRob

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