Anchor Bay’s newest straight to DVD and Blu-ray flick, Maximum Conviction is a good turn off your brain action flick. It’s very much in the same vein as most of Steven Seagal’s other movies. Add in retired WWF/WWE Superstar-turned-actor Steve Austin and the movie’s target audiences get more than their share of butt kicking, bullets flying, bloodshed, F-bombs and every other mandatory action movie standard ever crafted.The story behind Maximum Conviction is pretty simple. Steele (yes that’s really his character’s name) and Manning (played respectively by Seagal and Austin) are a pair of former Special Forces soldiers turned private security contractors. Because of their experience and expertise, they’ve been enrolled to help decommission a “top secret” military prison in Oregon. There’s just one problem. It’s revealed early on that Steele has shut down vital portions of the prison’s security before the prisoners have been removed. It’s not quite explained why Steele has done this. But thanks to this move, this is where the action starts. A pair of high priority female inmates are being kept in the prison. Being that much of the prison’s security has already been taken down, a group of mercenaries has gotten into the prison and intends to get the inmates. When one of the prison’s guards goes on break and leaves his station empty and password access field open, it allows the action to really start.
The mercenaries do have a motivation toward getting at least one of the women. But audiences have to sit through well over half of the story to finally find out exactly why. By the time audiences find out why, the story has a little over half an hour left. That last half hour is spent primarily with Austin and Seagal trying to rescue the young woman from someone who turns out to be working with the mercenaries. What’s more, audiences have to wait until the movie’s final minutes to actually find out who is really behind everything. The problem is that this should have been revealed far earlier in the story. To the story’s defense though, at least it does keep the action moving. There’s no lag at any point throughout the movie. For those audiences at whom this movie is targeted, that’s a good thing. In general it makes the movie worth at least one watch for any action movie fan.
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