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The Replacement Killers
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Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Mira Sorvino, Kenneth Tsang
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Lots of shooting - I don't think so.
Date Movie: Not really.
Gratuitous Sex: Mira and Chow start to get close but don't end up in bed.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of shooting and every now and then they hit someone.
Action: Could of been, but instead came out more artsy than action.
Laughs: I laughed because no one seemed to know how to shoot anyone else.
Memorable Scene: None.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua
Produced By: Brad Grey & Bernie Brillstein

The Replacement Killers
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:28 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Chow Yun-Fat was being touted as the next big action hero for American film. It's too bad he chose "The Replacement Killers" as his step into action, at least here. It seems Chow already is a big action guy in his native land, but "The Replacement Killers" really doesn't lend itself to action, it lends itself to art, and it might have fared better had John Woo been in the director's chair rather than behind the producer's desk.

It seems John Lee (Yun-Fat) is an assassin with a heart, and his employer, Mr. Wei, doesn't like that, so Lee is on the run back to his homeland to save his family. Problem is he can't get there without a new passport, and tries to hire Meg Coburn (Mira Sorvino) to make it for him. Well, Wei's men find John and Meg, and put bullet holes in everything but the good guy and girl. Ensuing is your typical good guy running from the bad guys, with everyone shooting at everyone else, but carrying automatic weapons that must have bent barrels because no one seems to be able to shoot anyone. You also get a nice message of how John can't leave the States until he saves the cop's son who he was supposed to kill.

This review will be short because there really isn't much to say about "The Replacement Killers." You've got lots of gunfire from hired killers who can't seem to, pardon the expression, hit the broad side of a barn while standing right in front of it. You've got the hot babe falling for our hero, and running with him to all sorts of nasty situations. And you've also got an action film full of artsy, slow-motion, predictable blurbs of scenes. I almost felt bad for Chow after watching "The Replacement Killers" because he does seem to have the potential to be a smooth and debonair action hero. Sadly, this movie ruined it.

It's 2 stars out of 5 from me for "The Replacement Killers." They should have either made the it a "kill them all and let God sort them out" kind of movie, or maybe a "James Bond" type of film. Instead, they went for art, and it didn't work.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right! L8R!!

 

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