I don't care what anyone says, Steven Seagal is still The Man. Sure he's gained weight over time, but who doesn't? Plus his akido style is not harmed by any of this, he doesn't flip around in his fights. He acting is as good as it always was, and he makes multiple films a year. This one, Cartels also features Luke Goss, and UFC Legend George St Pierre
Cartels starts with a special ops raid against a cartel. It's led of course by Seagal. There looking for the head of the organization, Salazar. Seagal cuts a deal with him to roll over on all the people tied to his operation.
Sadley that's one of Seagal biggest scenes as we then see him interrogating Tom Jensen (Luke Goss) Goss was one of the marshell sent to retreive Salazar. See the government faked his death and they are keeping him hold up in a hotel in Romania. Problem is, his right hand man Bruno (George St Pierre) has found this out.
After Killing Salazar's wife Bruno and his team raid the hotel attempting to kill him before he can talk. From here it's pretty much all nonstop action, and Luke Goss is in his usual top form. From hand to hand sequences, to gun battles Goss displays the skill and acting chops that should make him a leading man in bigger Hollywood films.
As I said the action moves fast and furious buy it does so without Seagal. Sadley we see him in the beginning and towards the end in a few action scenes, and he pops up here and there interrogating Goss (the film is told in part via flashback) but we do get to see him go one on one with Pierre.
I wish it had a bit more Seagal, but it does have plenty of action to keep fans happy.
Overall 2.5 out of 3 Stars