The Replacement Killers Reviews
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 I reckon what was hot then, action į la John Woo (swooping slow motion scenes, extreme gun action etc), feels really outdated now.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.
A lot of action.
C'est ce qui arrive quand on veut copier un film HK.