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International superstar Chow Yun-Fat (John Woo's Hard-Boiled) makes his Hollywood debut with Oscar(r) winner Mira Sorvino (1995 Best Supporting Actress, Mighty Aphrodite) in THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, a fierce and explosive action thriller from director Antoine Fuqua (Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" video). After he betrays Mr. Wei, the ruthless crime boss who hired him to avenge his son's death, professional killer John Lee (Yun-Fat) goes on the run. Enlisting the aid of beautiful document forger Meg Coburn (Sorvino), Lee attempts to return to his family in China before they are victimized by his betrayal. But Wei's army of "replacement killers" is hot on his trail, and now both he and Meg are targets of their impressive firepower. With both sides fully armed and determined to fight to the death, an ultra-violent shootout breaks out when they finally face off against each other.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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?Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Très bon film. Peut-être un petit peu violent. Chow Yun-Fat, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker y campent bien leurs rôles. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lucie Boutet
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
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 morePublished on Oct. 27 2003
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 morePublished on Oct. 22 2003 by Michael Bolts
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 morePublished on July 31 2003 by Nic
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
The Replacement Killers is a hot action flick with two stars that have automatic chemistry from their first frame together. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002
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 morePublished on Oct. 7 2002 by zo
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