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Out for Justice (1991) Playing a righteous Brooklyn cop named Gino (complete with working-class Italian-American accent), Steven Seagal wanders into a bar, gazes glumly at all the lowlifes, and… R PT91M Action/Adventure Mystery and Thriller William Forsythe Steven Seagal William Forsythe Gina Gershon Jerry Orbach Julius Nasso Warner Bros.
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Out for Justice (1991)

MPAA Rating: R

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EW's GRADE
D-

Details Rated: R; Length: 91 minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: William Forsythe and Steven Seagal; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Playing a righteous Brooklyn cop named Gino (complete with working-class Italian-American accent), Steven Seagal wanders into a bar, gazes glumly at all the lowlifes, and then — just like Eddie Murphy in 48 HRS. — spends an entire 10-minute scene smashing one guy's face after another. The whole movie is like that: Out for Justice isn't so much a thriller as a series of spontaneous muggings, with Seagal exchanging his usual martial-arts moves for a blow-you-away Magnum. What's numbing about this sub-Eastwood potboiler isn't just the grisliness of the violence but the absence of any possibility that Seagal will stumble, or show doubt or pain, or have to challenge himself in order to defeat his enemies. He's proudly invincible, like a school-yard bully who terrorizes kids four grades below him and then walks around the playground saying, ''Hey, am I the guy or what!?''

Originally posted Apr 26, 1991 Published in issue #63 Apr 26, 1991 Order article reprints