Above the Law (1988)

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Rating: 78


Title:
Above the Law
Theatrical Release Date: 1988
VHS Release Date: 1991
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Catalog Number: 11786
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Synopsis

Steven Seagal is a badass in this movie and he is definitely working in his prime here. Seagal portrays Nico, an Italian martial arts expert that had been recruited by the CIA to help aid special forces back in Vietnam. Fifteen years later, and Nico is now a Narcotics Detective in Chicago. He and his partner (Pam Grier) make a huge bust, uncovering a large amount of C-4 that’s connected to some CIA shenanigans.

Above the Law is an American action movie from director Andrew Davis. It stars Steven Seagal, alongside actors like Pam Grier, Sharon Stone, Daniel Faraldo and Henry Silva. It was released theatrically on April 8th, 1988 to mild reviews.

I’m watching the 1991 release from Warner Home Video. It’s a great copy. A high quality cassette with a good looking side label. The picture and sound are great. Although, a bit blurred.

Steven Seagal is a badass in this movie and he is definitely working in his prime here. Seagal portrays Nico, an Italian martial arts expert that had been recruited by the CIA to help aid special forces back in Vietnam. Fifteen years later, and Nico is now a Narcotics Detective in Chicago. He and his partner (Pam Grier) make a huge bust, uncovering a large amount of C-4 that’s connected to some CIA shenanigans.

This is one of those action movies that just feels at home on VHS. The hiss, the not-so-perfect quality, and the content all lend themselves well to the medium. They just don’t make movies with this kind of violence anymore. I have to recommend this to anyone that wants to start a collection. It’s a great eighties movie that looks cool on the self.