Interesting wrinkle in Michael Jenning’s screenplay, uncredited [based on a script by Jenning and pic’s associate producer, Jeb Stuart] is a mixing and matching of two ethnic strains of the vendetta: backwoods Appalachian version and revenge Sicilian-style.
These plot threads are set in motion when Bill Paxton, a Kentucky boy from the hills now working in Chicago, is ruthlessly murdered by mafia enforcer Adam Baldwin as part of a strong-arm move in the vending machines racket. Paxton’s older brother, Patrick Swayze, is a Chicago cop determined to find the killer.
Inferfering with Swayze’s efforts is the old-fashioned ‘eye for an eye’ vengeance demanded by eldest brother Liam Neeson. Picture climaxes with an elaborate war in a Chicago cemetery between Baldwin’s mafioso and Neeson’s Kentucky kin, matching automatic weaponry with primitive (but reliable) crossbows, hatchets, snakes and knives.