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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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3.0 out of 5 stars throws believability way out the window Aug. 21 2007
By falcon
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.if you're really good at suspending your disbelief,you'll
probably like this movie.personally, think there's only so much the
human mind can accept,and for me,this movie far exceeds that limit.as
in another movie i reviewed,it would have been better if the characters
were all dressed in matching red capes and blue underwear.i also think
more bullets were used in this movie than were actually even
made.again,that's not to say that this is a bad movie.it's just that it
could have been so much better.after awhile,when moviegoers are
bombarded by wall to wall action and stunts that defy reality,they
become desensitized and are no longer impressed with such things.people
are smarter than filmmakers and studios think they are.anyway,i give
"The replacement Killers" a 3/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it Oct. 27 2003
By A Customer
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. It's in the tradition of the of unknown/unexpected heros coming along and taking care of the bad guys; so you don't need this big old character development. It has a great sort of mystical quality to it.
I've watched it many times and like it better each time I see it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fat and Sorvino work great Oct. 22 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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. though it runs out of fumes for a while then picks up with great gunplay and suspense. Antoine Fuqua's first feature film(you may know him as a music video director, or his other films like Training Day, Bait and Tears Of The Sun).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kill or be replaced. Oct. 10 2003
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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ACTION MOVIE July 31 2003
By Nic
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. Not much to say about the plot. See it or even better BUY IT!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Action May 22 2003
By A Customer
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry on Fire Dec 5 2002
By A Customer
The Replacement Killers is a hot action flick with two stars that have automatic chemistry from their first frame together. A must see for Chow Yun-Fat fans and all action fans and an impressive action role for Mira Sorvino. The story is paced well and the action style is new exciting.
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