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The Replacement Killers Reviews

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December 29, 2015
Visually interesting, even if the plot holds no surprises.
May 18, 2015
Style wise good but story wise PU.
½ February 25, 2015
A stylish and well directed, but fairly empty piece of escapist action. It's not all that interesting, but it's very entertaining when it wants to be.
Super Reviewer
½ February 22, 2015
Fuqua was doing his best possible imitation of John Woo here, but all it did was invite comparisons to much better action films.
February 15, 2015
Pretty solid little action flick. Even if it's a little dated. It's like watching Fuqua trying to do classic John Woo.
January 24, 2015
WOW......WOW.....WOW.....SO SO SO SO SO BAD......MAN THIS IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH.......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......MAN THIS IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH A BAD MOVIE 2 WATCH, JUST AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL IT IS SUCH A BAD MOVIE 2 WATCH, JUST AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL COSTS IT IS THAT BAD.....JUST DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE IT IS SO AWFUL.......ITS GOT A GOOD SOUNDTRACK THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE.....BUT MAN THIS MOVIE IS SO SO SO AWFUL 2 WATCH
½ December 22, 2014
During an orchestrated drug bust at a marine loading dock, Detective Stan Zedkov (Michael Rooker) kills Triad lieutenant Peter Wei (Yau-Gene Chan). Looking to exact revenge for his son's death, crime boss Terence Wei (Kenneth Tsang), sends for professional assassin John Lee (Chow Yun-fat). Paying off on an old debt, Lee has already killed two targets for Wei, and the crime boss tells him that this third and final job will wipe out the remainder of his obligation. However, Lee's conscience prevents him from completing his final assignment: to murder Zedkov's seven year-old son Stevie (Andrew J. Marton) before the detective's eyes. Realizing that his actions will result in retaliation against his mother and sister, Lee prepares to return to China, enlisting the help of old friend Alan Chan, a monk in a local Buddhist temple, to make arrangements to have his family moved to a secure location. Infuriated by Lee's disobedience, Wei orders his men to hunt for him and has his men in China begin the search for Lee's family. Wei also hires replacement killers, Ryker (Til Schweiger) and Collins (Danny Trejo), to finish the original job of killing Zedkov's son. No longer able to use the Triad network to get out of the country, Lee searches for alternative means outside Wei's sphere of influence, and meets with skilled forger Meg Coburn (Mira Sorvino) to have her create a new passport for him. Before she can finish the job, Wei's men storm her apartment, destroying the computerized tools of her trade in the ensuing shootout. Having been made aware that the Triads are involved, Coburn wants out, but Lee forces her to finish her original task of creating a forged passport. Getting pictures from a photo booth, Lee phones Alan, who offers the use of his passport. When Lee arrives at the temple, he discovers that Alan has been tortured to the point of death. Alan tells Lee that his family was moved to Canton-but he told his torturers they were in Shanghai. Lee has little more than 24 hours before his family is found. The monk gives Lee his passport before dying in his arms. Lee needs to stop the replacement killers and Wei from extracting revenge on his family...

During production, Columbia Pictures felt that Antoine Fuqua was struggling to deliver suitable material and ordered a studio exec to be present during most of the filming to ensure that their money was being well spent. This angered Fuqua and made things tense between him and Columbia. 'Debra Hill' (II), a veteran producer, was called in by Columbia to cool things down. Lead actor Yun-Fat Chow stood by Fuqua the whole time and told the producers to trust him and his vision. The troubles didn't end after the production wrapped. When Fuqua delivered his initial cut, Columbia began testing the film. Test audiences struggled with the notion of a less than pure hero and the bi-racial relationship between Yun-Fat Chow and Mira Sorvino. They also had issues with most of the other characters back stories, so Columbia called in action editor 'Richard Francis Bruce' to tighten up the film. All romantic elements between Yun-Fat and Sorvino were removed, along with most of the characters' motivations. The movie set the record for the most bullets fired in an American film. Mira Sorvino speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Yun-Fat Chow is a Cantonese Chinese native speaker but can also speak some Mandarin. Sorvino was able to help translate for Chow who was just learning English at the time. In The San Francisco Examiner, Walter Addiego perceived that the film "remains a counterfeit of a Woo movie, even though Woo himself co-produced it. He turned the directing chores over to first-timer Antoine Fuqua, whose previous work was limited to music videos and commercials, and it shows." He added, "The script, by Ken Sanzel, is the work of someone who's seen Woo's movies and wasn't particularly moved by the experience." I saw "The Replacement Killers" when it came out in 1998 and from what I can remember I thought it was an intense action flick with Hong Kong references. Today I see a cartoony b-action movie with stereotypical characters in all sorts of ways, a fetishism of firearms, not that convincing acting and a bit too heavy trigger finger. I reckon what was hot then, action į la John Woo (swooping slow motion scenes, extreme gun action etc), feels really outdated now. Yun-Fat Chow“s John Lee is just quite uninteresting and Mira Sorvino“s Meg is not really balancing things out despite a hard action facade. It really bugged me that she was walking around with an open shirt in the end flashing her bra. Made no sense, except the fact that Fuqua wanted to show some nude skin I reckon. Nah, this was actually a disappointment to see again.
December 6, 2014
Didn't even need dialogue... that action was all that was needed.
August 19, 2014
A hit man fails an assignment because he can't kill a child.

A lot of action.
½ July 14, 2014
Antoine Fuqua's attempt at a John Woo style film. While it certainly has style, it also lacks focus and is poorly written.
July 10, 2014
Premier film american pour Chow Yun Fat qui fait plus ou moins le boulot mais le scenar n'a rien de bien excitant.
C'est ce qui arrive quand on veut copier un film HK.
July 7, 2014
Predictable, cheesy, and terrible acting for the most part
½ July 1, 2014
This should have been a better movie. The film does have some style and the action scenes do have some adrenaline, but as a whole, the movie fails due to poor execution. Want to watch a great Chow Yun Fat flick? Watch Hard Boiled and you will see what I mean.
½ June 8, 2014
Mira Sorvino is bad ass in this
April 13, 2014
So fun. Good ole Mira!
½ January 19, 2014
The Replacement Killers est ce qu'on pourrait appeler du Canada Dry John Woo. En effet, on retrouve les ralentis, Chow Yun-Fat en icone badass, un faire-valoir joue par l'excellente Mira Sorvino, une armee de bad guys armes jusqu'aux dents et des fusillades a n'en plus finir. C'est loin d'etre aussi bien que Hard Boiled mais dans son propre style tres 90's (Danny Trejo, Til Schweiger et Jurgen Prochnow sont de solides seconds roles, le score est compose de trip-hop, des mechants finissent electrocutes...), The Replacement Killers n'est pas sans charme.
½ December 22, 2013
Fairly boring action-drama. Plot is contrived and predictable, and just serves to propel you to the next action scene. Mira Sorvino is about the only reason to watch this movie.
½ December 17, 2013
Flash over substance. Chow Yun-Fat's U.S. debut has the look of Hong Kong-style action films, but none of the energy. It's a bullet-riddled, dour affair.
October 29, 2013
Though this might not be the freshest of action movies, it does have some redeeming moments. The characters are really nothing special, but I do like the idea that a deadly assassin can have a guilty conscience, even if the idea isn't very well developed in this film. Really, it's not the plot, or the character development you should be watching this film for anyway. It's the action that really matters, and the film's straightforward, bloody action scenes are what keep this movie from being completely awful. In this regard, it's decent, but it could have been better.
½ October 29, 2013
This movie can be engaging, but at the same time not particularly exciting. Still, the action, and too an extent other aspects of the movie, manage to make the movie good enough that it's not too plain.
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