Theatrical pre-release poster
|Produced by||Philippe Martinez|
|Music by||Bruno Brugnano|
|Cinematography||Ross W. Clarkson|
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.
- Steven Seagal as Jake Alexander
- Sonia Couling as Sonia Dekker
- Byron Gibson as Tom Benton
- Soraya Torrens as Anna Rosen
- Mica Javier as Maria Lopez
- Jai Day as Ben Harrison
- Megan Brown Martinez as CIA agent Thompson
- Evgeniya Akhremenko as Katarina Sokolov
- Billy Ray Gallion as Zach Stevens
- Edoardo Costa as Gino Orsetti
- Alicia Faubel as Alicia Disanto
- Valerio Zecchini as Vincenzo
- Remus Hususan as Tony
- Chris Pascone as Sal
- Lynden James Manning as Rocco
- Diego Romero as Danilo/Motel Attendant
- Jerry O'Brien as Organ Harvester
- Kevin Limjoco as Organ Harvester
- Ruben Soriquez as Santi Amato
- Alberto Bruno as Bruno
- Ricardo Cepeda as Mao
- Gordon Bell as Charlie
- Robert Rownd as CIA agent Alec Hayes
- Ron Smoorenburg as Hayes' hitman
- Dario Gardini as Restaurant owner
- Giada Gardini as Restaurant daughter
- Santiago Larrauri as Alberto Jimenez
- Rodelio Socito as Gabriel Lopez/Priest
- Franchesca Gaddi as Church woman
- Diego Buwaya as Church thug
- Lou Veloso as Roy Lopez
- Erlinda Villalobos as Myra Lopez
- Ronald Asinas as Parking attendant
- Casey Faylona as Hotel manager
- Sheena Xinxin as Thai hotel bar woman
- Aries Miranda as Room attendant
- Hai Lim as Asian spy
- Nestor Francis Mata as Arturo
- Stacey Michelon as Vito
- Andrea Cola as Sergio
- Jakab Golding as Thug 1
- Giulio Di Martile as Thug 2
- Ian Curtis as Rowdy customer
- Jack Francisco as Warehouse doctor
- Royler Fonseca as Muscular warehouse victim
- Althea Vega as Dao
- Erdenetuya Batsukh as Tuya Alexander
- Stacey Michelon as Stand-in double - Steven
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. The series would have had nine episodes each with a runtime of 45 minutes. 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. Filming of General Commander took approximately nine months.
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