Marked For Death ***


Chicago DEA agent John Hatcher (Steven Seagal) has just returned from Colombia, where his partner Chico (Richard Delmonte) was killed in a confrontation with drug dealers, and John killed the dealers who killed Chico. As a result of Chico’s death, John has decided to retire.

One night, John and his friend Max, a local high school football team’s head coach, go to a bar. A gun fight breaks out between local drug dealers and a Jamaican gang called the Jamaican Posse, whose leader is a drug kingpin known as Screwface. Hatcher battles a few from both sides, killing some of Screwface’s henchmen, before the gunfight ends.

The next day, Screwface and some of his henchmen get revenge by shooting up the house that John, his sister Melissa, and Melissa’s 12-year-old daughter Tracy live in, and Tracy gets shot. Tracy is hospitalized in critical condition.

Hatcher encounters a gangster named Jimmy Fingers and unsuccessfully tries to get him to tell him where Screwface might be and is forced to kill him. Another Jamaican named Nesta arrives but Hatcher is able to sit him down but Nesta tells him to go after Screwface alone and jumps out the window to his death.

Hatcher comes out of retirement to join Max in a battle against Screwface, who later breaks into the Hatcher home and is about to kill Melissa, but Screwface leaves upon Hatcher’s arrival. Hatcher now realizes that the only way to stop the Jamaican Posse is to bring down Screwface.

All of this is the usual Seagal movie elements.  This is one of his better films because I actually got involved in the story a little bit, as opposed to just enjoying his bone crunching action. 


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