Over the years Steven Seagal has gone from big screen action star to straight to DVD star with a new film coming along every couple of months. For a bit he had started delivering some decent action flicks again, but with his last few they have seemingly fallen back into the bad realm. His latest Sniper: Special Ops teams him up with wrestler Rob Van Dam with promotion no doubt hoping that fans think it’s Van Damme instead. Could this be a new step in the right direction or will it be one that misses the target all together?
Sniper: Special Ops follows a Special Ops Military Force, led by Sergeant Vic Mosby with expert sniper Sergeant Jake Chandler as “Over Watch” during a special mission who are sent to a remote Afghan village to extract an American Congressman being held by the Taliban. The rescue mission is a success, but Jake, separated after a firefight with the enemy, stays behind to help an injured soldier. In direct violation of orders, Vic and his Special Ops Team decide to head back to the village to rescue the stranded soldiers. First and foremost this is barely a Seagal film as he is barely in the film at all so the cover alone is misleading. That might be acceptable had he been given any memorable fight sequences, but he didn’t even get that. The same can be said for Rob Van Dam who is just a supporting player with little to do other than shoot and grunt. This entire film is misleading from the get go with actor Tim Abell actually leading the charge. The film could have been a decent military flick had it not felt constantly all over the place. They are on their mission and have so many things going on that have nothing to do with it makes it impossible to even care. Every so often they throw in a moment with Seagal to remind you he is still in the movie, but he really never does anything.
In the end this movie is just bad with nothing memorable or worth watching to save it from being forgettable. This felt more like a bad SyFy Channel action film and used the seemingly star power name of Seagal and misleading Van Dam in hopes to offer up something that just isn’t here.