The Replacement Killers Reviews

  • Mar 02, 2020

    Overall, The Replacement Killers is a guilty pleasure film from the 90s. I enjoyed the film's basic plot and I'm a sucker for the brainless action along the way. In the end, I just wish this film had more going on with its leading characters. With poor character setup for both leads and multiple moments of weak interaction it can feel bland at times. Thankfully I had more of a positive experience while re-watching this release on Blu-ray compared to when I first viewed this film on DVD back in 1998. If you've never seen this film, it's worth a look; however, the Blu-ray can be slightly challenging to track down from Australian retailers. 6.3/10 - Walkden Entertainment

    Overall, The Replacement Killers is a guilty pleasure film from the 90s. I enjoyed the film's basic plot and I'm a sucker for the brainless action along the way. In the end, I just wish this film had more going on with its leading characters. With poor character setup for both leads and multiple moments of weak interaction it can feel bland at times. Thankfully I had more of a positive experience while re-watching this release on Blu-ray compared to when I first viewed this film on DVD back in 1998. If you've never seen this film, it's worth a look; however, the Blu-ray can be slightly challenging to track down from Australian retailers. 6.3/10 - Walkden Entertainment

  • Nov 26, 2019

    It should come as no surprise that absolutely nobody in the movie except Chow Yun Fat can aim a gun. Tons of incompetence from machine gun toting assassins who apparently hold no regard for the skill of the elite assassin they are sent to kill. The sound FX are really bad. Like bugs bunny cartoon bad at times. Overall though, it's not the worst film you will see. Worth watching.

    It should come as no surprise that absolutely nobody in the movie except Chow Yun Fat can aim a gun. Tons of incompetence from machine gun toting assassins who apparently hold no regard for the skill of the elite assassin they are sent to kill. The sound FX are really bad. Like bugs bunny cartoon bad at times. Overall though, it's not the worst film you will see. Worth watching.

  • Mar 12, 2019

    Basically it's a road of clap. Most of the budget went on blanks and not enough on the screenplay plot.

    Basically it's a road of clap. Most of the budget went on blanks and not enough on the screenplay plot.

  • Mar 08, 2017

    Not an designed to be an Oscar type film, it brings a fresh take on action films. Want entertainment - Replacement Killers provides that. You wont get bored. Don't expect more though. Over all it is worth the watch.

    Not an designed to be an Oscar type film, it brings a fresh take on action films. Want entertainment - Replacement Killers provides that. You wont get bored. Don't expect more though. Over all it is worth the watch.

  • Dec 23, 2015

    Visually interesting, even if the plot holds no surprises.

    Visually interesting, even if the plot holds no surprises.

  • May 18, 2015

    Style wise good but story wise PU.

    Style wise good but story wise PU.

  • Feb 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.

    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.

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    Alec B Super Reviewer
    Feb 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.

    Fuqua was doing his best possible imitation of John Woo here, but all it did was invite comparisons to much better action films.

  • Feb 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.

    Pretty solid little action flick. Even if it's a little dated. It's like watching Fuqua trying to do classic John Woo.

  • Dec 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 á 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.

    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 á 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.