Fire Down Below
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Martial arts star Steven Seagal stars in this action drama as Jack Taggart, an undercover agent working for the Environmental Protection Agency. When an EPA representative is murdered in a small Appalachian community, Taggart is sent in -- posing as a handyman working with a Christian relief agency -- to find out what happened. Taggart discovers that Orin Hanner (Kris Kristofferson), a powerful local businessman, has been illegally dumping toxic waste which has been leading to serious health problems among children in the area; it seems that the murdered agent knew too much and was killed to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a movie, it's a piece of drivel."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Seagal barely works up a sweat... He certainly doesn't work up any drama."
‑ Sean Means,
"A real pleasant surprise with a less brash, more likable Seagal. Manages to show a genuine affection for the kind of rural folks elitist Hollywood usually ridicules."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Unless you're in the market for boredom, skip this one."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Not a very good film, but it does offer a few pleasant surprises, and I was not expecting that from a Steven Seagal flick."
‑ Matt Easterbrook, Matt's Movie Reviews
"By-the-book stuff, but that's what's expected whenever the name 'Steven Seagal' tops the marquee."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"One big self-distraction and nothing that vaguely resembles a real film."
‑ Tom Keogh,
"Fire Down Below is an action film that's deadly slow and stupid -- like most of the mountain people portrayed in the film."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"You have to give Seagal points for having his heart in more or less the right place, but Fire Down Below is a hugely silly movie."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"[Seagal's] action scenes are so one-sided that nobody in the film ever lays a finger on him. It gets boring."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"There are movies that you know can't be any good, so they'd better be great. Fire Down Below ... achieves that grand level of absurdity."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The eco-hero who strikes fear in the heart of every polluting industrialist and sighs of pity in the heart of every fashion designer, Steven Seagal, takes his act to the backwoods of Kentucky"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Marg Helgenberger plays Jack's love interest, the kind of tormented backwoodsy recluse Helen Reddy used to sing songs about. The stultifying aw-shucks courtship between the two is like a nightmarish version of 'The Bridges of Madison County'..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The acting is wooden (Seagal gets more zombie-like with each film), the writing is ridiculous and the fight scenes are redundant."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Never really generates much heat but instead delivers recycled lukewarm thrills."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
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