Above the Law
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Martial arts hero Steven Seagal developed, co-wrote, co-produced, choreographed, and debuted in this thrill ride -- a cop film with more attitude, and more plot, than its star had duties on the set. Seagal is Nico Toscani, an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist, and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice: expert and thorough bone-crushing. When the FBI orders his squad to ignore the mysterious shipment of military explosives they seized from a notorious narcotics dealer, Nico defiantly pursues… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Woefully short on originality, intelligibility and anything resembling taste."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Seagal's best."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"It might be arguable whether it is the best Seagal film or not, but Nico still has all important Seagal trademarks."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"It contains 50 percent more plot than it needs, but that allows it room to grow in areas not ordinarily covered in action thrillers."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An artifact from way back when Steven Seagal was novel and therefore sort of cool."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"...old-fashioned, nonstop violence from beginning to end, with subtlety out the window."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"above-average, and much better than Seagal's later efforts"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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