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The Replacement Killers (Bilingual)

Yun-Fat Chow , Mira Sorvino , Antoine Fuqua    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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The director of Chow Yun-fat's first Hollywood outing, music-video veteran Antoine Fuqua, seems to be trying to squeeze the charismatic Asian superstar into a conventional American action-hero mold, and the results are dispiriting. Fuqua never lets this high-spirited actor smile, fetishizing him as a gunslinging clotheshorse in a series of garish, scenery-smashing battle scenes. As a paid assassin whose former employers turn against him, Chow enlists the help of an illegal documents specialist played, with surprising grit, by Mira Sorvino, and then spends most of the time fending off squads of killers in mirror shades. The movie is art-directed and photographed fit to kill (even the most routine incidents are eye-gougingly colorful) and edited to a hip-hop beat. It's garishly superficial. The frequent gunplay duels may keep action fans riveted, but they'll hate themselves in the morning. --David Chute

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid action-packed entertainment March 21 2000
By Bobby
Format:DVD
I liked this movie. If you like action films, I see no reason why you wouldn't like it. There's a ton of action, and I thought it was well done. It's basically all gun fighting, John Woo-style, so if you're not into that, stay away.
The directing by Antoine Fuqua is excellent. He has a really cool style. There are a lot of great angles he uses. Some nice overhead shots, and a really innovative "point of view" shot (you'll see what I mean). The action scenes are definitely influenced by John Woo, who executive produced. The major difference is they are not as violent or bloody as Woo's films. The body count isn't as high. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just letting you know what you're getting into.
Chow Yun-Fat comes across well. His English is fine. Mira Sorvino isn't great, though. She's kind of annoying in the beginning, but she's toned down as time goes on.
Check this out. It's a fun action-packed ride that will fly by. There's no complex story here, so just sit back, relax, and watch some cool gun fighting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kill or be replaced. Oct. 10 2003
Format:DVD
In reading reviews for Chow-Yun Fat's first American movie, The Replacement Killers, it seems people either really liked it or really hated it. I, myself, really loved the movie.
The story centers on John Lee (Chow Yun-Fat), a hitman who fails to carry out a contract for moral reason, and soon finds himself and his family targets by the mob that hired him. In an effort to save his family, he goes to Meg Coburn (Mira Sorvino), a specialist in making forged documents, to hire her to make him a passport so he can get back to China and protect his family from the vengeful wrath of an Asian mafia. She soon becomes entangled in the war between John and his former employers. In the meantime, other assassins are brought in, the replacement killers, to finish what John couldn't, and to also kill John for his failure.
Some have complained that the movie is too short, but I would say it's tight. How many times have you watched a movie and thought the movie could have been shorter? So many times I have thought certain scenes in movies serve no other purpose other than to pad out the run time. This is a lean movie (87 mins) with lots of action. The pacing was such that it didn't allow for a lot of character development, but I felt there was enough to drive the story. I think Antoine Fuqua did an excellent job directing this movie, keeping the focus on the action rather than getting mired in useless details.
Some have criticized Mira Sorvino's character and her change of heart in the movie, saying that it was unrealistic. Well, I thought the whole movie was unrealistic, but I was just along for the ride. Did that element hurt the movie? I didn't think so...unrealistic?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Woo, minus the pigeons Sept. 7 2003
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After refusing to carry out a hit for the Chinese mob, contract-killer-with-a-heart John Lee (Chow Yun Fat) must evade assassins to get out of the country. Fat and co-star Mira Sorvino are fine, but they are trapped in a vapid film whose story is so creaky and clichéd that I could not work up one once of interest in what happened to any of the characters.
Many viewers have acknowledged the superficiality of the story while remaining engrossed by the slick style of its presentation. Everyone cites the obvious influence of the overrated John Woo. He made some good films in Hong Kong but, as evidenced by such Hollywood wastes of celluloid as "Face/Off" and "Mission Impossible 2," even Woo can't do Woo anymore. What is so inherently fascinating about the mix of bright colors, tilted camera angles, and slow motion action that it excuses (or elevates) lazy story-telling and sappy sentimentality? Just curious. Obviously, I'm in the minority on this one. The ratio of helpful reviews for the article will probably be 0 to 100.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plot? What Plot? March 27 2002
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So they had Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino, what more could you ask for right? Plot? Huh???? You want plot??? LOL, you came to the wrong movie for plot. The predictability factor is pretty high on this one, sorry. Shooting, more shooting, and add some shooting. Now why did I recommend this movie you ask? Because it's fun! Who cares if it has no plot? If you don't mind a little mindless violence and some cheap plot devices, then why not watch it?? It has Chow Yun-Fat and we all know he's pretty good with the action, and Mira brings a great character to the mix, she's saucy and of course sexy and probably the only one in the cast that will give you any acting entertainment, but it's good enough to make it worth seeing... Though I gotta warn you, they're supposed to be assasins and couldn't hit a tin can if it was strapped to their guns, but that's how it works in these movies isn't it? So take the night off, get a good laugh and some action and watch the movie. Because...well, there's nothing else on. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love that pistol packing Meg... Feb. 11 2002
By trebe
Format:DVD
The Replacement Killers teams an unlikely pair, Hong Kong action legend Chow Yun-Fat, and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, in an action filled adventure, featuring multiple gunfights, heavy property damage, and minimal dialog. The two work surprisingly very well together. Sorvino, who continues to choose some interesting roles since winning her award, gives a credible performance as Meg Coburn. After "Mimic", we knew she was no powder puff, now we know she can be a gunslinger, and look darn good doing so.
In his American movie debut, Yun-Fat is John Lee, taciturn, and restrained, exploding into action when necessary. He is a hit man who fails to complete his assignment. His Chinese employer, Terence Wei, is understandably upset, and orders that he be terminated. Seeking to return to China to protect his family from Wei's wrath, Lee is in need of a passport, and Meg is an expert at creating the false documents he needs. Once they get together, it's not long before the bullets start to fly. And the action almost never stops, with Mira right in the middle, more than holding her own with the heavy hitters. She's street tough, and never panics.
Sure, the plot has a few glitches. But who cares? We're here for the well-crafted action sequences, and that's what is served up in Antione Fuqua's directorial debut. Fuqua highlights Yun-Fat's smooth and graceful moves, as he spins, twists, dives, and of course, shoots his way across the screen. The final battle is a bit cliché, but not as over done as it could have been.
The Replacement Killers could have had a more appropriate title, but no matter what the name, if you're seeking a short, tight, action-packed shoot em up, look no further.
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3.0 out of 5 stars throws believability way out the window
wow.if you like relentless fast and furious action and stunts that
completely throw any semblance of believability out the window,this is
your movie. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I have no idea how I first saw the movie, but I bought the video soon after. It has a great look. It's very sharp. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Fat and Sorvino work great
the chemistry between the two leads is a treat and the stunts are super with Cow Yun Dat tearing up the asphalt and burning down the hitmen. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by Michael Bolts
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ACTION MOVIE
This movie was great. Lots of action and cool gun fights. Any fan who loves action movies with lots of shooting. I thought the girl was very hot also. Read more
Published on July 31 2003 by Nic
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Action
Chow Yun-Fat makes this movie slick with his style, and Mira Srovino helps out by looking as hot as ever. A fun action flick driected by a refreshing driector, Antoine Fuqua.
Published on May 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry on Fire
The Replacement Killers is a hot action flick with two stars that have automatic chemistry from their first frame together. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting action!!!!
This movie is everything I would expect from a Chow Yun Fat movie. It had an okay plot but delivered an awesome amount of cool fight scenes. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2002 by zo
5.0 out of 5 stars ...not just tight, but REAL tight...
no great dialogue... no truly compelling bad guys... no fareal sense of a budding romance (chow and mira come off more as a modern day batman and robin, than romeo and juliette)... Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by R. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars would you like some blood with that?
This movie is a bloodbath, in no uncertain terms. Wrapped around the tried-and-true plot of a reluctant assassin, the few human moments in this film are vastly outweighted by the... Read more
Published on May 9 2002 by "digint"
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