The Replacement Killers
The John Woo school of the ballet of bullets gets a full dose of Sam Peckinpah under the steady hand of director Antoine Fuqua’s finely framed tale of revenge. Stylized in rainy blues, greens, and reds Chow Yun-fat is understated as John Lee, a professional assassin who comes to grips with his humanity when he’s called on to kill the seven year-old son of a Los Angeles police officer. The pace quickens when Meg Coburn (Mira Sorvino), a document forger, is pulled into the fray. The plot is secondary to the action, but oh what action–engraved bullets, sexy shoot-outs, and gallons of the glowing, glistening, hot blood of the evil assassins trying to knock off our seductive Asian and Caucasian duo. Chow Yun-Fat dresses better than James Bond, and Mira Sorvino understands grace under pressure like a nouveau Emma Peel.
Rated R. 88 mins. (B) (Three Stars)
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