“The Patriot” (1998)

This movie tries to combine a viral outbreak movie, and an insurrection thriller, a combination that just plain doesn’t work. Although Steven Seagal doesn’t quite reach his lazy and self-congratulatory attitude that will define most of his works in the Noughties, you can definitely see the warning signs here. The action is sparse, and when it does finally rear its head, it’s ineptly staged and incomprehensible. This film is poorly paced, dull as a rock, and is too incompetent to handle either the outbreak plot, or the militia plotline with any semblance of skill. This isn’t a laughably bad film, but it is a very bad film that’s simply too boring to offer anything of value.

Rating: 1/5

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