Above the Law is an ultraviolent actioner with Steven Seagal playing an aikido-chopping cop on a one man crusade to clean up Chi streets. [Screen story by Seagal and director Andrew Davis.]
As Nico Toscani, Seagal is a no-nonsense cop with a cynical eye towards authority. When he’s taken off the trail of a suspected drug dealer, he smells a rat or two at the top of his chain of command.
With a couple dozen stunt persons and an earthy, warm and supportive partner (Pam Grier), Seagal kicks, kills and crushes with his skillful hands one handful after another of street hoods who try and thwart his mission.
Somehow is worked in an asassination plot against the US senator who’s about ready to expose a drug trafficking trade in Central America and a group of Salvadoran refugees hiding out in the basement of Seagal’s neighborhood Catholic church.
Henry Silva is a sicko sadist who gets off threatening to chop his victims limbs off one by one until they talk. Quiet moments like the ones with Seagal and his emotional wife (Sharon Stone) comprise about 1% of the film.