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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Lord! The Bad guys actually look like bad guys!, April 8, 1999
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This review is from: The Replacement Killers [VHS] (VHS Tape)
That's effin' illegal! In a day where every bad guy that has appeared in an action movie looks like he escaped from a guess jeans commercial, its nice to see a movie where the bad guys look like some SOB you would not want to meet in a dark alley. And with the likes of Dan Trejo and Jurgen Pronchow in this movie you've got plenty of them.
PLOT Same old song and dance as a lot of other movies, Morally righteous assassin (how the heck does that work anyway?) John Lee (Chow Yun Fat) refuses to kill the son of the cop (Micheal Rooker)that killed the son of his employer, Mr. Wai. So Mr. Wai calls in two assassins(Trejo and some other guy) who don't know the meaning of the word low profile. Their job, kill John then kill the boy. Meanwhile John, realizing that his disobedience has pissed off his boss, needs to get his family out of Shanghai before they get eliminated. From the far side of the stage enters Meg Coburn (Sorvino) a document forger who can turn Wai's army of rent a thugs into hamburger with the best of them. After Wai's trenchcoat & Armani clad goons make swiss cheese out of her home, she and John pair up to stop Wai.
REVIEW First off, Kudos to Fuqua for being one of the few directors who ever did the Woo-trademark two fisted gunfight the right way. (Bad memories of Double Impact's sucky shoot outs starting to arise....ack! eye's glazing over....medic!) The action scene are awesome, kick butt, etc.,etc. and score brownie points for the unusal locations they're set in. There's one set in a car wash (While its running, not only is he dodging bullets, but hot wax as well!) another takes place in a movie theatre showing a Mr. Magoo cartoon and a video arcade, where SEGA product placement doth conquer all. The final shootout is also ultrabitchin' to watch, concluding with a who-can-reload-and-shoot-the-fastest-mexican-standoff between Chow and his ex-boss.And the photography and camera work in this movie is pretty damn impressive, meaning this is one good looking movie, whether the camera lingers on a Buddha statue or on a hood getting splattered in slow mo.
Any problems? 'fraid so dear listener, while the gunfights make this movie worth watching, the performances range from Above average, ( Chow being a cool & silent Charles Bronson type) to cheesy (Jurgen Pronchow spouting off every cliched line in the book and coming up with a few new ones. ) However watching Sorvino doing a Dirty Harriet routine is fun. (Heck watching Sorvino is fun period! heh heh) and the actor who plays Mr. Wai has his moments. The script is predictable in parts but adequate enough.
Overall, a good action pick to watch with a bowl of popcorn in your lap and that special someone sitting by you when you have and afternoon to kill.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2009 10:36:28 AM PST
Nice review.

The other replacement killer, referenced in your review as "some other guy," is the great character actor Til Schweiger, who is fabulous here as a dead-eyed Terminator type and is equally fabulous in a comic role as a homicidal lunatic who hates Nazis in Quentin Tarantino's flick, "Ingluourious Basterds." The guy playing Mr. Wei is seasoned Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang, who killed in "The Killer" as the hero cop's doomed sidekick and may be best remembered on this side of the Pacific Rim for playing the Korean general in Pierce Brosnan's last James Bond movie, "Die Another Day." One of the things that lifts this movie from the level of cheese to the level of truly excellent cheese is the expertise of its supporting cast.
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