When a Navy ship carrying nuclear warheads is hijacked by terrorists, the fate of the world depends on the ship's cook--who just happens to be a Special Forces martial arts and weapons expert! Filmed aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound.
Action hero Steven Seagal stars as former Navy SEAL Casey Ryback in this high-octane action thriller set aboard the battleship "USS Missouri." A hero with a mind of his own, Casey has been demoted to ship's cook for insubordination. But he's still got the heart of a patriot, and when William Strannix, a dangerously wacked ex-CIA operative-turned-terrorist takes over the ship, Casey hangs up his chef's hat and goes into attack mode. The stakes are high: Strannix, in an act of vengeance against the U.S. government, plans to launch the battleship's nuclear missiles at Honolulu. Casey -- assisted by a stripper who was stranded aboard the ship during an aborted farewell party -- must race against the clock to save the U.S. from an atomic nightmare.
New York Times
"...Lunatic enough to keep you watching the screen....The movie alternately prompts awe and out-of-control laughter..." 10/09/1992 p.C12
"...Steven Seagal charts some bold new territory....This is the best Seagal yet..." 10/09/1992 p.8D
"...In the brutally efficient UNDER SIEGE, Seagal, with his soft-spoken nihilist charm, attempts to move beyond limb-snapping exploitation and into epically scaled mainstream thrillers. He succeeds..." 10/23/1992 p.44
"...This movie does a terrific job of making every scene play like a real event on a ship at sea, and that's part of its charm..." 10/09/1992 p.41