Hard Target (1993)

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Critic Consensus: Hard Target gets a boost from John Woo's stylish direction, but at heart, it's still another silly, explosion-dependent action thriller in the Jean-Claude Van Damme oeuvre.


Movie Info

John Woo's first Hollywood feature stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as Chance Boudreaux, a down-and-out Cajun merchant seaman, who, after saving a young woman, Natasha Binder (Yancy Butler), from a gang of thugs on the streets of New Orleans, agrees to help her search for her father (Chuck Pfarrer), a homeless Vietnam vet. They locate local businessman Randall Poe (Elliott Keener), for whom the vet had been working, and learn that her father has become a victim of wealthy sportsman Emil Fouchon … More

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Chuck Pfarrer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 1998
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast


as Chance Boudreaux

as Emil Fouchon

as Natasha Binder

as Pik Van Cleaf

as Uncle Douvee

as Carmine Mitchell

as Mr. Lopacki

as Elijah Roper

as Shop Steward

as Randal Poe

as Police Detective

as Dr. Morton

as Ismal Zenan

as Man on the Street

as Man on the Street

as Jerome

as Billy Bob
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Critic Reviews for Hard Target

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9)

A disappointing American debut of the Hong Kong cult director John Woo is a decent action vehicle by standards of its star Jean-Claude Van Damme but, hampered by a B script and flat characters, it doesn't bear Woo's auteurist signature and unique vision

Full Review… | October 10, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

It's what Hollywood wanted Woo for: bigger, brighter explosions.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Presenting Mr. Van Damme as reverentially as Sergio Leone did the young Clint Eastwood, Mr. Woo displays a real aptitude for malignant mischief, which is this story's stock in trade.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Even when the acting is hammy, notably Wilford Brimley's turn as Chance's Cajun uncle, Woo stages every fight with hypnotic grace.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Essentially, Hard Target is a risk-averse Van Damme vehicle, steered by many hands, and set on tracks leading directly to the delivery entrances of the country's video stores.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Woo, a master of stylized violence and explosive action, has had to buy into America's fascination with explosive effects and reaction. Something gets lost in the transition.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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Directors Cat

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Director, John Woo's first American film is an action masterpiece. A fun, explosive and adrenaline-charged edge of your seat action-packed thriller. It's loaded with dark humor, bone-crunching fights and enough explosive gun-battles to keep any action fan entertained. Van Damme and Woo are a stellar team together, bringing exactly what we want. Easily one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's best films. Lance Henriksen gives a thrilling and intense performance. This is one wickedly cool and wildly entertaining action movie.

allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

½

Haha this is really silly and really tacky but again the over the top violence and ultra cool gun fights really rock ass LOL! Henriksen gives it a touch of class and really hams it up beautiully haha and Woo really loves his slow mo leaps n gun pan shots LOL!. Predictable but great fun, and a dodgy Jean Claude hair style.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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