Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal is the big name, but crime thriller 'Cartels' would have been better off without him

Steven Seagal is the big name, but crime thriller 'Cartels' would have been better off without him

Writer-director Keoni Waxman has collaborated with actor Steven Seagal on more than a half-dozen feature films plus the cable TV series “True Justice,” but their latest international crime thriller, “Cartels,” is more like a movie that takes place in the general vicinity of the aging action star than a proper “Steven Seagal vehicle.”

“Cartels” (originally titled “Killing Salazar”) stars Luke Goss as U.S. Marshal Tom Jensen, who’s tasked with protecting an imprisoned Russian drug lord (Florin Piersic Jr.) from his former employee, brutal assassin Bruno Sinclaire (Georges St-Pierre). As skeptical government agent John Harrison, Seagal spends most of the movie interrogating Jensen in a...

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