As much as I like Steven Seagal and his movies, I must admit that I found very little to like about "Shadow Man" - the Buddhist Bonecrusher's 25th action feature, directed by Michael Keusch ([[ASIN:B000ION79Y Attack Force]]). Everything from the storyline, production, acting, and action falls almost completely flat. The film feels like [[ASIN:B00007JZUP The Foreigner]] in rewind, with dreary visuals and poor fight scenes highlighting an over-complicated storyline that's impossible to care about.
The story: martial artist and businessman Jack Foster (Seagal) sees his daughter (Skye Bennett, [[ASIN:B001MLZNKS Against the Dark]]) kidnapped during a mysterious airport attack while Jack himself is targeted by Romanian officials and mobsters believing him to be in possession of a devastating biological weapon. Gunned at from all sides, he must team with a beautiful ex-government agent (Eva Pope, "Coronation Street") to eliminate the threat and save his daughter.
My description may sound relatively simple enough, but nevertheless, this is one of the most convoluted films Seagal's ever appeared in. As an action hero, Steven has never really needed brainiac storylines to get over, but the script of "Shadow Man" calls for the plot to take at least two disorienting twists, feature a supporting cast the size of China, and require the viewer to juggle the intentions of several characters amidst the general chaos. That last aspect may have been fine if there was a single interesting character in the whole movie, but almost everyone here is completely faceless. Seagal himself comes off as a callous jerk and an awful parent. Eva Pope is easily the most memorable performer in the movie, but that's not saying much.
The production is sub-standard. The film utilizes the "shaky camera" technique to maddening effect and the locales are consistently colorless and boring to look at. Action scenes fail to exhilarate: Seagal busts out an aikido move every half hour, but all of the hand-to-hand fights, shootouts, and car chases are cut so irregularly that you'll hardly have time to register what's going on in half of the shots. For a couple nice touches, though, Jack builds a nifty MacGuyver-style bomb with a phonograph and somehow manages to shoot down a combat helicopter with a pistol. Nevertheless, it's far from satisfying, especially after the beginning of the movie teases some martial arts coolness by featuring Seagal demonstrating the fabled "dim mak" technique.
In conclusion, I would only recommend this film if you particularly enjoy Seagal's direct-to-video efforts, because it'll take some commitment to get to like this one, even from established fans.