Killer

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  • John Woo's The Killer

    Mar 27, 2000 by Mike_Bracken is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great performances, fantastic action setpieces, highly stylized direction
    Cons: none

    Summary: The Killer: Magnum Entertainment/ Golden Princess Film Production Rating: USA: R/ USA: Unrated/ UK: 18/ Australia: R In any genre of film, there are titles that stand out above all others—films that either recreate or ... read more

  • A Modern Classic...

    Mar 27, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great looking, great acting, and great filmmaking...
    Cons: It kind of exists in a world of its own...

    Summary: The Killer (1989) Arguably director John Woo’s masterpiece, the Killer is a stylish, eccentric, and ultimately brilliant piece of action-packed excitement. It is the kind of movie that is likely to elicit one of two possible reactions; love, or ... read more

  • Would you care to Tango?

    Jan 20, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: excellent on so many levels
    Cons: a tad cliched in places

    Summary: "There's a manly air about him. He's a bit different from the average assassin, he's very calm.... quite intelligent. His eyes are very alert. Full of compassion. Full of passion." Chow Yun-Fat stars as a professional killer with no name ... read more

  • Just Heroes

    Aug 1, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Moving plot, superb shoot-outs, excellent blend of drama and action. Woo's finest movie
    Cons: DVD transfer could have been better

    Summary: Introduction The Killer is one of my favorite Woo's, ultraviolent, melodramatic Hong Kong spectacle. Once again collaborating with actor Chow Yun Fat (his alter ego as he has many times declared), Woo returns to his specialty, the world of crime drama, ... read more

  • Pandering to the Worst of Human Nature

    Apr 10, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Skillful special effects and stunts that generate plenty of action
    Cons: Absurd character inconsistencies, plot flaws, and mindless violence serving a moral vacuum

    Summary: Tonight I took a bit of a film excursion to what I suppose might be called the dark side. I decided a while back to check out all foreign films that are listed among the 250 most popular films on the Internet Film Database popularity poll. Near the ... read more

  • Screw Michael Bay--John Woo all the way

    Mar 10, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Masterfully directed/produced from Woo & Hark, great chemistry between Lee & Chow
    Cons: Note to the weak stomached: Violent is a serious understatement

    Summary: It's a rather debated issue in regards as to which is the quintessential film of John Woo's career. Some fans consider Hard Boiled to be the victor, while others hold The Killer at the top ranks (though Woo himself considers ... read more

  • Essential John Woo Part 1: Mickey and Dambo

    Apr 17, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat have never been this good together
    Cons: One day John Woo will shoot MI2… then Widntalkers…

    Summary: It’s old. Really old. If you like overwhelming effects, spectacular explosions, or folks jumping off skyscrapers with parachutes in backpacks… you may not like this movie. It’s been long ago, and John Woo’s not the same today. ... read more

  • John Woo Style: Fast and Furious Gunplay, Not to Mention Some Akimbo

    Jul 25, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Greatly developed protagonists; fast choreography; Chow Yun-Fat
    Cons: Two dimensional antagonists; script hits a few flat notes

    Summary: It’s no surprise that John Woo hates violence. His films teeter into bullets and bloodshed the way Sam Peckinpah operates his slaughters in “The Wild Bunch.” The action sequences unfold so much more above a certain ‘cool factor,’ and become a sort of ... read more

  • John Woo's Mona Lisa

    Jun 20, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The team of John Woo and Chow Yun Fat, great story, justified violence
    Cons: A bit tragic, somewhat slow paced, subtitles

    Summary: When I first viewed the Killer, it was with skepticism. I was about to watch a Hong Kong action movie with subtitles, and I didn’t think that my interest would be kept. I have never been so wrong in my entire life. Welcome to the Killer, a ... read more

  • About as good as it gets.

    Mar 22, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Chow Yun Fat, Very involving story, Hyperkinetic Action, and gloriously violent.
    Cons: Arguably too violent, somewhat weak female character.

    Summary: This is a film that I found difficult to break down. I must preface this by saying it is probably my favorite film of all time, but the reasons for this do not neccesarily crystallize themselves clearly in my mind. I first saw 'The Killer' back in ... read more

  • A Must See

    Dec 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Story, Chow Yun-Fat, John Woo, Fasted Paced, Ultra Action, Millions of Bullets, Slow Motion
    Cons: Corny dubbing (but with the DVD you can have subtitles)

    Summary: If you love action movies you have to watch this movie. -Chow Yun-Fat plays the sympathetic Killer chased by a seemingly all knowing super cop -Great charter interactions -Good story line (sometimes it is slow) -Interesting Plot ... read more

  • not your ordinary action flick

    Oct 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: excellently choreographed action sequences with even more intense dialogue and character development
    Cons: fairly violent

    Summary: There are at least as many subtle elements to this film as there are bullets flying around throughout the duration of the movie. It is for this reason that this movie can be watched by two entirely different audiences, and appreciated in both cases: on ... read more

  • John Whoa

    Jul 12, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Action and story combined beautifully
    Cons: Too violent for younger or sensitive viewers

    Summary: If you liked the Replacement Killers then The Killer will make your jaw drop. John Woo is truly a master combining amazing gunplay action scenes and a heartwarming story to create this masterpiece. John Woo never puts in action for action's sake, there ... read more

  • John Woo Adapts Cicero's De Amicitia into the World's Greatest Action Flick

    Jun 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It just might restore your faith in friendship.
    Cons: Friendship isn't easy.

    Summary: It's a lot easier to explain why John Woo's The Killer shouldn't work than to account for why it does. After all, Woo's film features virtually all of the painful cliches of the action film genre: 1) a renegade cop whose unorthodox tactics ... read more

  • Best action movie ever

    May 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great action, good drama, perfect John Woo style
    Cons: Proves how bad his movies have gotten.

    Summary: John Woo's The Killer is probably the best action movie of all time. It should be used as a template for almost every other action film ever made. As movies like Desperado show, you can't go wrong stealing just about anything from this movie. ... read more

  • Not your ordinary Thriller

    Jan 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Incredible action set pieces!, Chow Yun-Fat's acting with strong support from Danny Lee and Chu Kong, Not an ordinary action-thriller as it develops character and themes
    Cons: Too bloody for some audiences

    Summary: If you’re a fan of action film, and you’re not horrified at the sight of blood (as in Sam Peckinpaw doesn’t turn your stomach), you need to head on over and check out the Hong Kong films of director John Woo. Coming late to this genre, I have just ... read more

  • JWWO: The Philosophy of Spectacular Violence

    Dec 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful action, interesting philosophic bent, the final scene owns me
    Cons: Slowly paced, I'm jaded after seeing Hard Boiled

    Summary: This here review is my entry into Shadow8's John Woo write-off. Much props go to he who finally pushed me to see this excellent display of John Woo's Honk Kong skillz. Other mack-daddies in this little affair include Mike_Bracken, Psychovant, ... read more

  • Like Woo! Killer Delivers

    Dec 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Action, Action, Action
    Cons: Dubbed

    Summary: If a title ever describes a movie more correct than this, I would like to see it. The Killer is exactly that. I would have to estimate about 100 people getting blown out of their shoes in this one, at least. Chow Yun Fat stars as Jeffery, a ... read more

  • John Woo's Wise Blood: the seminal The Killer

    Nov 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: archetypal Woo, classic Chow Yun-Fat, magnificent action choreography
    Cons: may be too violent for most, a typical lack of a strong female character

    Summary: In 1989 the face of the modern action film changed forever with the limited Hong Kong release of The Killer. People on this side of the pond didn’t know it yet, but John Woo, the inventor of the heroic violence genre with his gangster double ... read more

  • John Woo,,,YES!

    Jul 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: to many to list
    Cons: no other movies just like to go get

    Summary: Way before John Woo was telling Tom Cruise to hang to a cliff he was giving Chow Yun Fat the heads up on how to take a gun and make ultra-violence a work of art, this film has some the best action shooter sequences you will likely see in a very long ... read more

  • blaze of gory glory

    Apr 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: what this film does, it does very, very well
    Cons: violence may be too much for some viewers

    Summary: The plot of this film may seem quite similar to that of Woo's other films: two over-the-edge vigilantes out to stop a drug kingpin no matter what the cost. The Killer however is the modern day equivalent of a Greek tragedy (assuming such a thing ... read more

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