Film: On Deadly Ground

"That's a crock of shit!"
-Background dialogue

The most environmentally destructive film with a Green Aesop ever.

Steven Seagal, who also directed and co-produced (it was his first film after Under Siege), is Forrest Taft. In the beginning of the film, he is working as a contractor for Aegis Energy, putting out an oil rig fire in Alaska. With large explosives. Hugh Palmer who is in charge of running the rig is blaming the oil company (Aegis), saying they supplied faulty protectors. Forrest scoffs at this at the time as he blows up the burning rig, but notes that they were faulty protectors—only, of course, he blew up that evidence.

Tropes:

  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Infamous live action example.
  • Badass: Steven Seagal's role, Forrest Taft.
  • Broken Aesop: The film is supposed to have a Green Aesop, yet Fridge Logic says that destroying an oil rig would cause far more environmental damage than simply letting it run.
    • Also, it portrays the oil company as exploiting the natives. But it also says they have a contract... generally, those contracts include paying out dividends to the original owners of the mineral rights. It should however, be pointed out that the rig was in fact constructed wholly of faulty parts. letting the rig come online would've resulted in a catastrophic oil spill of a greater magnitude than the one the film starts with. In this instance, destroying the rig WAS the lesser of two evils, even if the special circumstance is set up in as unrealistic and weaselly a manner as possible.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: The film contains several drawn-out torture scenes, such as when Forrest's friend Hugh is beaten with a pipe cutter. Not just on the part of the villains though; Forrest has several scenes where he continues to bully people even when he's already beaten them, such as a very lengthy and painful fight in the bar. And, as Film Brain pointed out, Forrest murders Jennings at the end of the movie, even though he was unarmed, outmatched, and totally unable to defend himself.
    • Jennings may have lived had he not told Forest he didn't have the guts to finish him.
  • Photo Op With The Dog: The exec tries to make an ad to improve the image of Aegis Energy, complete with reindeer/caribou.
  • Positive Discrimination:
    Forrest: You ride good?
    Masu: Of course, I'm a Native American.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: It wouldn't be a Steven Seagal movie without one.
  • Reverse the Polarity: According to the movie, Forrest didn't do any damage to the environment when he blew up the oil refinery because before doing so, he "reversed the valves".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Liles, the token female baddie, tries to cut and run in the climactic fight. She fails spectacularly. Mind you, her only crime was being a totally harmless employee of the villain, but Steven Seagal had a point to make, so of course she deserves to die along with all the other people simply doing their jobs on the rig.