The Replacement Killers


The Replacement Killers (1998)


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A contract killer, played by international superstar Chow Yun-fat, refuses an assignment and all hell breaks loose. Irritatingly disjointed, and that's not even counting Mira Sorvino.

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Critic Reviews for The Replacement Killers

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)'s ultimately impossible not to wonder what Chow, making his English-language debut here, was thinking when he signed up for the project.

Mar 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The John Woo school of the ballet of bullets gets a full dose of Sam Peckinpah under the steady hand of director Antoine Fuqua's finely framed tale of revenge.

May 19, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

An unworthy vehicle for a great star like Chow Yun-fat.

Apr 27, 2006 | Full Review…

The Replacement Killers is not a very good film, but it is impossible to deny that it has a certain beauty.

Jan 29, 2005 | Rating: C-

Will serve as a suitable replacement when [Chow Yun Fat's] better films are already rented out for the weekend.

Mar 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Style over substance all the way, but at least it's not boring.

Jul 27, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Replacement Killers

A blistering, stylish, explosive and undeniably cool groove of an action movie. Director, Antoine Fuqua does here what Director, John Woo has done delivering plenty of excitement and energy. A hard-boiled action-thriller fueled with amazing gun-battles and a riveting performance by Chow Yun-Fat. An unforgettable adrenaline-rush from start to finish. An unstoppable and wickedly entertaining action-packed flick that delivers the goods.

Al S
Al S

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When a hired assassin fails to kill the young son of a detective for a ruthless drug runner, he and a hapless forger are hunted by his replacements. In this, Chow Yun Fat's Hollywood debut, he revisits his familiar assassin with honour character in a fairly standard action thriller. There's very little imagination or originality on display; the script does little more than contrive ways to keep our hero and the girl together while extras in bad suits with machine guns chase them around. Having said that, there's very little actually WRONG with it either. Chow is as charismatic as ever, Mira Sorvino is knuckle-bitingly cute and the set pieces are reasonably well handled. It avoids schmaltz and lame love scenes and at less than 90 minutes is wise enough to not outstay its welcome. Brainless yes, but the charisma of its star raises it (slightly) above the bog standard and its far from the worse US debut an Asian action star has had to endure.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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A very cool stylized action film with plenty of shoot outs and a good cast. If you missed this it's well worth a watch.

Dean King
Dean King

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This and that movie with Marky Mark just shows one thing clear: Hollywood has no idea how to pull out an action flick, or a crime drama, like HK.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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