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* {{Anvilicious}}: The villain is so mean he can't even stand the smell of caribou to film one commercial.
** Also the movie's environmental message, which Creator/RogerEbert disparaged as "sanctimonious".
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: One of the many reasons behind why the film was verbally eviscerated by both critics and audiences alike, stems from the movie being a hybrid of action mixed in with an ''extremely'' {{Anvilicious}} GreenAesop. Action fans (and really most audiences in general) are likely to be turned off by how heavy handed the environmentalist message is and environmentalist will most likely be put off by the [[{{Gorn}} gratuitous]] levels of violence. Is it any wonder the movie bombed?
* AwesomeMusic: If there's one thing Creator/StevenSeagal did right during production, it was hiring Creator/BasilPoledouris to score the movie (and the Seagal/Nasso Productions logo at the end). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0heez-7wlE Here's a suite.]]
* BlackHoleSue: Forrest is an arguable example. No matter what happens, the crowd seems to always be on his side. An example of this is during the conference when Jennings lists Forrest as part of the sabotage conspirators, you can hear someone yell out "Bullshit," despite having no reason at all to do so! Also, Masu's perfectly reasonable idea to go to the press with Aegis's dealings instead of confronting Jennings is immediately shot down.
* BoringInvincibleHero: In true Seagal fashion, not a single character ever lays a finger on him at any time in the film. Which makes all the more sense when you remember that Seagal both directed and ''produced'' the movie.
* DesignatedHero: '''Forrest''' So very much so. All throughout the film he comes off as a complete psychopath. What Jennings is trying to do is wrong, but Forrest commits eco-terrorism on a grand scale, murdering several people in the facility, including people who are unarmed and unable to defend themselves. When told they have enough evidence to go to the police and stop the oil rig from beginning operation legally, Forrest blows off this option and simply blows the rig up. Which, when you think about it, would ''also'' have some pretty devastating effects on the environment Forrest was sworn to protect.
* HarsherInHindsight: Blowing up the oil rig becomes a lot harder to watch after the Gulf Oil Spill.
* InferredHolocaust: As [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]] pointed out, Forrest blowing up an oil rig will cause more environmental damage than letting it run normally. Also doubling as MoralDissonance.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Macgruder after Hugh's torture and MORESO after the Inuit village raid.
** Arguably Forrest himself when killing many {{Designated Villain}}s (e.g., Liles) who just happen to work for the BigBad's company.
* {{Narm}}:
** Forrest's [[SarcasmMode dramatic introduction]] deserves special mention. Just about everything in the scene oozes of Narm. From the slow pan up while he steps off his helicopter complete with cheesy music swelling in the background. The offscreen voice triumphantly proclaiming: "[[CharacterShilling Forrest is here! That fire is as good as gone!]]" doesn't help.
** "THERE IS NO I IN TEAM! [[CaptainObvious THERE IS T-E-A-M!!]]"
** The frequent offscreen voices shouting their support for Forrest and/or dislike for the villains, which were obviously added in post-production because Creator/StevenSeagal needed his ego stroked even more.
*** In particular, Creator/RLeeErmey's mixed metaphor-laden praise of Forrest. Everything out of his mouth in this scene just comes across as CharacterShilling, and none of it makes the slightest bit of sense - particularly the pesos comment.
** Creator/JoanChen dramatically telling TheDragon, "I will watch you die" in the most [[DullSurprise emotionless voice imaginable]].
** Just about all of Seagal's "acting" qualifies, but the scene where he schools a bigoted bar patron has to take the cake. After beating the bigot to the point of bleeding, Forrest somehow makes the man realize the error of his ways in a drawn out attempt at drama while cheesy music swells in the background. This is all supposed to be taken completely seriously, mind you.
* NightmareFuel: Hugh's torture scene. An old man is bound to a chair and his fingers broken with a whale bone and later a pipe cutter is used on him. Part of this scene, according to [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]], is cut from the UK release, and when he says that the scene is better trimmed, he's right, since enough of the scene played out still gives us what we need to hate the characters.
* ProtectionFromEditors: Probably because, for all intents and purposes, Seagal ''is'' the editor for this movie. He was the director and one of the producers.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr. Cox]] is a torture expert.
** A pre-stardom Creator/BillyBobThornton is one of the mercenaries.
* TakeThatScrappy:
** For viewers who resent Forrest due to his dickish DesignatedHero tendencies, the wonderful sight of him being viciously mauled by a pack of sled dogs (one of whom actually appears to bite him in the ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny nuts]]'') is very, ''very'' cathartic to say the least.
** Although it was likely unintentional, hearing Hughs call Forrest a "whore" is very amusing.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Liles. At worst, she (1) works as the BigBad's secretary and (2) has a bit of an ego. And yet the movie's logic = her deserving probably the most-CruelAndUnusualDeath here.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Forrest can be quite hard to root for. Not only does he teeter on the MoralEventHorizon (see above), but he also invokes ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption before even attempting to use his quite-damning evidence to take down the BigBad's company the lawful way.
* VanityProject: Obviously. The CharacterShilling, the AuthorFilibuster at the end. Not to mention that Seagal's character is an [[DesignatedHero insufferable]] GodModeSue of the highest caliber, who wins all his fights easily.
* WTHCastingAgency: Aside from a Knighted British legend, they got Creator/RLeeErmey in this film. R. Lee Ermey! Ermey's death in this film involves him basically walking up behind Seagal's character and allowing Seagal to get within arms reach of his shotgun...yeah, they must have paid him a lot to put up with that. Worse, they reportedly didn't let him ad-lib, which is why several of his lines sound completely nonsensical, to the point of self-parody.
-->''He's the kind of guy who would drink a gallon of gasoline just so he could piss in your campfire."
** Meanwhile, they brought in John C. [=McGinley=] pre-''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' to play...a psychotic torture expert? Although this last one is probably the most YMMV of the whole lot; to some, he's the best thing in this movie and genuinely creepy.
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