The Replacement Killers

The Replacement Killers

The Replacement Killers

1998. Directed by Antoine Fuque

Chow Yun-Fat's American debut is a comfortable, but ultimately pleasing bullet fest that aims for opera but ends up reliable house instead.

John Lee(Fat) refuses a final contract on a cop with a kid and thus the chase is on as his former employee hires an cadre of Assassins to do him in.

Aided by a forger (Mira Sorvino) and various other characters in his quest for redemption, Fat's sensitivity is on display here and it's a welcomed change to the tough guy cliche'.

Fuqua is steady and determined and the narrative barely falters, and that may be it's biggest weakness. Perhaps it was concern about American audiences not finding Fat likable enough, despite his legendary status in foreign actioners or perhaps it was an attempt at a minimalist story, the end result is a beautifully shot and expertly choreographed machine gun odyssey that never takes the viewer below the surface.

Ultimately The Replacement Killers is fun and entertaining A pile of spent shells litters the finale, which is action packed bliss and while you may be asking what the big deal is, you'll be doing so with a smile.

Available on Amazon, Vudu, & Itunes for streaming rental.  

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