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#46 Code Of Honor (2016)

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Michael Winnick’s Code Of Honor is an interesting one.  Seagal plays a decorated ex-Special Ops guy (the best of the best) who has become a super vigilante following the drive-by killing of his wife and son.

Sikes (Seagal’s character) reminded me of Renegade Justice’s Simon Ballister a bit, but likely because he’s taken to dishing out his own justice.  He doesn’t say much, but he does dispatch a whole load of bad guys.

However, most of the screen time is taken by Craig Sheffer’s William Porter, who may, or may not be, Sikes’ protege.  There’s not much explanation behind Porter’s pursuit of Sikes, but there’s a puzzle for the police (and us) to solve as things play out (I had come to a similar conclusion to the weary Detective Peterson (Louis Mandylor) in the lead up to the movie’s final act).

Porter takes the damsel in distress under his wing and warns Peterson and his colleagues about the formidable Sikes by referring to his awesomeness and how he’s so good that they’d wonder whether he even exists.   Even refering to him as a ghost.  Quite fitting, actually.

Despite some niggles and even if the intention with the ending was a bit confusing (and maybe a tad derivative), this is a fairly solid flick and Seagal injects a bit of presence and swagger that Sheffer’s missing.  Even if he’s more about shooting folks that engaging in hand-to-hand combat.

A solid 3.5 out of 5.

Written and directed by Michael Winnick

#20 Into The Sun (2005)

Into The Sun finds Seagal playing Travis Hunter.  He’s an interesting chap who doesn’t seem to like being a Government Agent. He’s been off the radar a little while, but when some shady shenanigans start happening in Tokyo, he’s the man needed to make some sense of it all.

There’s a whole lot of Seagal’s interests over this one and the character really suits him – sorta weary about the agency he’s working for and with a respect and knowledge of the country he calls home.

The bad guy here, Kuroda (played by Takao Osawa), is, quite frankly, one of the best from his DTV-era.  He’s a bit eccentric (think Travis Dane, but a bit more crazy and dangerous) and due to his somewhat ferocious mind is all about killing off the old school Yakuza.  Even his supporting bad guys are good for the money and the characters that support Seagal  have good back-story, too.

Seagal’s partner, Agent Mac (Matthew Davis), is more of a comedy sidekick, though, and it’s a bit frustrating watching him tumble into the scenario he’s warned against.  But we can’t always have the awesome Byron Mann, right?

The bit ‘boss battle’ is one of those great DTV-era moments.  Seagal, his student, and new tattoo artist pal decide to take the fight to Kuroda.  Cue swords!

Anyhoo, this is a definite favourite at In Seagal We Trust towers! Sure there’s some shoddy voice-over work and Seagal sometimes speaks English to characters who respond in Japanese), but don’t let that put you off.  Into The Sun is a very splendid flick with some nice touches and pretty swell set-pieces.

Written by Steven Seagal, Joe Halpin, Trevor Miller. Directed by mink.