General Commander

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General Commander
A film poster showing a slightly overweight bespectacled man.
Theatrical pre-release poster
Directed by
Produced byPhilippe Martinez
Screenplay by
  • Lisa Gabriel
  • Philippe Martinez
Music byBruno Brugnano
CinematographyRoss W. Clarkson
Edited by
  • Chris Bell
  • Jordan Dieselberg
  • Saradan Media
  • SPI International
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • May 28, 2019 (2019-05-28)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

General Commander is a 2019 American action film produced by Philippe Martinez and directed by Martinez and Ross W. Clarkson. Set primarily in the Philippines, the film stars Steven Seagal and was released direct-to-DVD on May 28, 2019.


A botched mission in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – that results in a fatality – leads to the disbanding of a CIA Global Response team led by Jake Alexander (Steven Seagal) and whose remaining members include Sonia Dekker (Sonia Couling), Tom Benton (Byron Gibson), Maria Lopez (Mica Javier), and Ben Harrison (Jai Day). Against CIA Agent Jessica Thompson's orders, the team continues their hunt for arms dealer Gino Orsetti (Edoardo Costa), with the financial assistance of Hong Kong-based magnate Katarina Sokolov (Evgeniya Akhremenko).

While in Bangkok, Tom secures a meeting with Orsetti by posing as an interested buyer in the organs that he has up for sale. Meanwhile, CIA Agent Alec Hayes (Robert Rownd) unsuccessfully despatches a hitman to assassinate Alexander and thus prevent his team from carrying on with their illegal mission. After their layover in Thailand, the team moves to Manila, where Sonia and Tom meet with Orsetti, while the rest stake-out. Halfway into the sale, Sonia and Tom strike at Orsetti and a shootout ensues, followed by a car chase. Orsetti's car is overturned, and Tom shoots down a helicopter piloted by one of Orsetti's henchmen with a bazooka. Alexander swiftly kills a struggling Orsetti.

Two weeks later, after being questioned by Thompson on his role in Orsetti's death, Alexander resigns from the CIA and disappears. Alexander's team refuse to reveal his whereabouts; Hayes nonetheless locates him and subsequently orders a drone strike on Alexander, just as he is reunited with his lover in the Filipino countryside.



General Commander was originally envisaged and marketed as a television series following "a top secret, rogue international paramilitary unit that fights major criminal organisations in a bid to stop World War III", based on a screenplay by Philipe Martinez and Bey Logan and produced by SPI International and Saradan Media.[1] The series would have had nine episodes each with a runtime of 45 minutes.[2] Principal photography began in December 2017 in Manila. While shooting scenes for General Commander, lead actor Steven Seagal also redid some scenes in Attrition that were set in the Philippines.[3] Filming of General Commander took approximately nine months.[4]


General Commander was released in Blu-ray and DVD on May 28, 2019.[5]


  1. ^ "Poland's Filmbox to coproduce Steven Seagal drama". Digital TV Europe. May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  2. ^ O' Cruz, Edgar (December 12, 2017). "Seagal to spend first Christmas in Philippines". The Philippine Star.
  3. ^ Santiago, Lhar (October 12, 2017). "Steven Seagal to shoot TV series in PH". The Manila Times.
  4. ^ Cruz, Marinel R. (October 13, 2017). "Why Steven Seagal loves to shoot in PH". Inquirer.
  5. ^ Delia, John (May 1, 2019). "Video Releases for May, June, July 2019". ACED Magazine.

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