Replacement Killers details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Chow Yun-Fat, Michael Rooker, Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez, Steven Garcia, Carlos Gomez, Mira Sorvino, Rand, Danny Trejo, Til Schweiger, Jurgen Prochnow, Patrick Kilpatrick, Frank Medrano, Ken Tsang, Danny Trejo|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 24 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Feb 2002|
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Action all the wayBy a customer from Southampton , 20 Sep 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]Wow, this movie just blew me away !!! I am a fan of the John Woo type of action movies and I must say that even he was just one of the executive producers, his mark is all over this movie!!!
The result is very good: Nicely paced action sequences, more story and emotions than in your average Hong Kong action movie (But not as much story development as in an American production, but in this genre this just isn't needed that much, it would just slow down the pace), well acted , you start feeling sympathetic for the leads, and you'll certainly hate these villains. This is a thrill ride from beginning till the end. And this is where I have my only point of criticism: The movie is simply too short !!! 80 minutes and the credits start to roll!!! You'll almost start to beg for more... One could describe this movie as a cross between Face-Off and Leon from director Luc Besson. A must-see for every action movie lover.
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"Wow" At Woo As Chow makes a KillingBy Greenfingersjake (131 reviews) from Milton Keynes , 30 Oct 2011Versatile Hong Kong box office giant Chow Yun-Fat makes a Hollywood splash as a Chinese hitman beholden to a drug kingpin (Tsang, in an interesting reversal of his Hong Kong 'crusty cop' persona). The good news is that he's free after one hit; the bad news is that the drug lord wants revenge on a cop who killed his son--by killing the cop's son. A tough-talking passport forger creates a new identity for our hero, but they've soon got to fight their way out to stay alive. First-timer Fuqua provides eye-candy visuals but little of the melodrama of his Hong Kong forebear (and executive producer), John Woo.
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Very underrated. Very goodBy EthyLauraPalmer (8 reviews) from Glastonbury , 31 Aug 2010In Chow Yun-Fat's first Hollywood film he recreates the persona he played in a few John Woo films before this. Which is fine.
It's like a John Woo film handled by a different director which makes use of graceful gun play and Chow Yun-Fat's sympathetic anti-hero.
I just feel this film is a bit different than all the other films like this made in the 90's, which is backed up by the ending. Just a little different.
The plot is Chow Yun-Fat goes against a Triad boss and has to protect his family or a cop's family, he has to choose. But it's the action that holds your attention, balletic and graceful, like watching Roger Federer in a tennis match. A shootout in a car wash, in an arcade. Bullets everywhere, no idea where they're all coming from.
Underrated on it's release but very good. Well worth watching.
Fast pacedBy a customer from Basildon , 16 Dec 2008Not a film for the faint hearted. Great fight scences and gun battles.
An Unforgettable Modern Day Classic.By JohnnyX (100 reviews) from Bristol , 11 Sep 2008This is no run-of-the-mill martial arts movie, it is a highly superior thriller, which has both a head and a heart.
Chow Yun-Fat is totally convincing as a man who has been forced, against his will, to act as an assasin for one of the Chinese Triads. He becomes the consumate, emotionless, inscrutable Chinese killer, but he draws the line when he is ordered to murder an innocent child. As he looks through the rifle-sights he knows that if he doesn't pull the trigger, then he will bring down dire consequences, both upon himself, and upon his family back in China...but he can't kill a child.
This sets up a fascinating scenario based upon honour, revenge and the strength of family ties. Such a story has numerous resonances, and sounds rather like a typical Steven Seagal movie; I tend to like these too, but I think that this is the original upon which many later films have been based.
The script is very intelligently written and well paced, and there are many moments of high suspense, as well as the gun-blasting action set pieces. It is all expertly directed, and has a very menacing and haunting soundtrack.
It grabs your attention right from the first minute and it does not let you go.
This highly underrated film is a modern day classic, and is, as such,truly unforgettable !
Watch it and find out why. Highly recommended.