YMMV / Under Siege

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The scene where Erika Eleniak pops out of a giant cake while topless is one of the most-remembered scenes from the first film.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Krill's acts of hostility towards Ryback, beginning with spitting in the chef's soup.
    • Krill drowning his crew his both despicable and petty given that his reasoning is "They never liked me anyway." But the moment is made hilarious when Daumer replies:
    I bet they fucking love you now, eh?
  • Evil Is Cool: William Strannix and Commander Krill, primarily because of Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey hamming it up like beasts, but also for providing a competent challenge for Ryback. Leonard Maltin hilariously described them as "better villains than the film deserves."
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Strannix launching two nuclear missiles at Hawaii, out of spite during his Villainous Breakdown.
    • Krill turning on the bowel sprinklers to drown his imprisoned former crew, to lure Ryback into a trap. And that's if don't count him betraying the crew and murdering the captain as this.
  • Squick: Ryback crushing Strannix's eye with his thumb, complete with oozing sludge.
  • Special Effects Failure: It's pretty obvious Strannix's body when he is killed is a dummy.
  • Tear Jerker: Ryback draping the dead Captain's uniform over his body, after Ryback finds the captain killed in cold blood. Not helping is the fact that it was his birthday.
    • The final scene of the film is Ryback and the crew in full uniform paying full honors to the captain's flag-draped casket.
  • Values Resonance: Krill calling Ryback a faggot in 1992 was a pretty standard affront to the latter's masculinity. Today it makes Krill into a full-blown Politically Incorrect Villain.