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Fire Down Below


Fire Down Below

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Steven Seagal, the uncharismatic stack of puffy, aging flesh who stars in Fire Down Below, is a federal agent posing as a church mission carpenter while he works for the Environmental Protection Agency to stop rich coal barons from storing toxic waste in abandoned Appalachian mines. He believes in stopping evil polluters, but his pal got killed investigating the same dumps, so it's also personal. Many, many nameless and faceless actors are bad men hired by the rich coal miners to beat up or kill Seagal with boards, guns, big trucks and fisticuffs. Mining was once their way of life, but the coal ran out; they're betraying their heritage and poisoning their future for pay, and Seagal must use tact and eloquence to show them this, right after he shoots a couple of them and gives the rest the beating of their lives. Marg Helgenberg is a mountain woman with whom Seagal falls in love, but he might have to give the rest of her family members the beating of their lives. Kris Kristofferson is the rich coal baron. He's evil, greedy, and a much, much better actor than Seagal, even if he isn't given anything to say or do in this movie. Will Seagal's unique brand of environmentalism bring Kristofferson to justice, and perhaps give him the beating of his life? Well, heck. Like most Seagal movies, the violence is poorly choreographed, the clothes are bad, and you weren't going to see it anyway, were you?