Replacement Killers, The
Reviewed by Kyle Skinner
Rating: 4.5 Beans
ohn Woo. In the trailer, they used the name, John Woo. I love that guy. He has made some of my favorite movies of all time. Hardboiled! The Killer! Face/Off! Yes the plots of those films were terrible, but the action made up for it. So when I went to see The Replacement Killers, I thought I was in for a treat.
But no, they had to make this terrible piece of poo. The story is all about this guy who is a hit-man who works for the Chinese mob. Chow Yun-Fat (John Woo's favorite leading man) plays a killer with a heart of gold. When he is asked by his boss to kill a cop's kid, he can't do it. (Awww, I'm getting all teary hear) So the Mob hires "Replacement Killers" to kill him. These guys look like professional wrestlers. I don't think real life hit-men look like this. They are probably like the guy in "The Proffesional".
John Lee (Chow Yun-Fat) must get out of the country. While getting his passports, he meets Meg Coburn. (Mira Sorvino) And like any other bad action flick, they team up and go after the mob. Pretty crappy eh?
The movie did have some good action scenes. But you could find most of them in any other movie. Only two scenes had John Lee using to handguns. Only two! This is what made him the international superstar the commercials said he was. And it was not directed by John Woo. Instead, some commercial director named Antoine Fuqua called the shots. I have seen his ads, and they are much more entertaining than this movie. Remember the Black and Decker commercial that was sort of exciting (Yahoo! Power tools kick ass)
But I think we need to give Chow Yun-Fat another chance. After watching Hardboiled, I think he has a real chance of making it here in the States. But, his first film has to be done by John Woo. If you really think you want to see this, wait a few months. It'll be out at Blockbuster in no time.
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