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Story

The director of Chow Yun-fat's first Hollywood outing, music-video veteran Antoine Fuqua, seems to be trying to squeeze the charismatic Asian superstar into a conventional American action-hero mold, and the results are dispiriting. Fuqua never lets this high-spirited actor smile, fetishizing him as a gunslinging clotheshorse in a series of garish, scenery-smashing battle scenes. As a paid assassin whose former employers turn against him, Chow enlists the help of an illegal documents specialist played, with surprising grit, by Mira Sorvino, and then spends most of the time fending off squads of killers in mirror shades. The movie is art-directed and photographed fit to kill (even the most routine incidents are eye-gougingly colorful) and edited to a hip-hop beat. It's garishly superficial. The frequent gunplay duels may keep action fans riveted, but they'll hate themselves in the morning. --David Chute

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Yun-Fat ChowJohn Lee
Mira SorvinoMeg Coburn
Michael RookerStan 'Zeedo' Zedkov
Kenneth TsangTerence Wei
Jürgen ProchnowMichael Kogan
Til SchweigerRyker
Danny TrejoCollins
Clifton Collins Jr.Loco
Carlos GómezHunt
Frank MedranoRawlins
Leo LeeLam
Patrick KilpatrickPryce
Randall Duk KimAlan Chan
Al LeongGunman

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Antoine Fuqua
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 88 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 6, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 6, 2001
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