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Title: The Replacement Killers (1998)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 09, 2012, 10:23:57 am
The Replacement Killers
Special Edition





I was a huge fan of Chow Yun Fat long before he got his big break in America. I had tons of his movies on VHS and would watch them all the time. So, I had a lot of interest in The Replacement Killers when it was in production and looked forward to seeing it on Opening Day. When I came out of the theater, to say I was disappointed is an understatement. There were so many things wrong with the movie that just rubbed me the wrong way.

First off, the casting of Mira Sorvino as Meg Corburn. She just is not believable as a gun-toting forger at all. Not to mention that some of her dialog readings weren't all that impressive. I love Mira, but I just think she was wrong for this role. The other problem I had with the movie was that of Director Antoine Fuqua. This was his directorial film debut and it shows. He was coming from the Music Video background and a lot of what you see up on the screen is very MV cliched. It didn't help that he swiped a lot of 'shots' from a lot of different sources, be it John Woo (expected) and Michael Bay (rookie mistake).

As bad as The Replacement Killers was in the theater, I still ended up getting the movie on DVD because I was and still am a big fan of Chow. Hell, I even double-dipped and got the Special Edition when that came out as well. The movies plot is as simplisitc as it's going to get. John Lee (Chow Yun Fat) has one last assignment to fulfill and his obligation is no more. He goes against his benefactor's wishes and becomes the target. That's it. It's all about escaping one bullet ballet for the next. Visually the film looks good and the sound was top notch. Even the soundtrack is kickass. Just don't go into this expecting a character with depth. There is none. You want to check out The Killer and Hard Boiled for that.

This is definitely worth a Rent if you want some mindless action fun. I've gotten to the point where I can just enjoy it for what it is and nothing more. I'm not as critical of the film as I use to be. Should you decide to check this out, go with the Bare Bones version of the DVD. To me this has the better audio mix. The Special Edition audio is horribly mixed. They pumped up the sound FX so much that it actually drowns out the dialog, rendering it useless. For the bonus material, go with the Special Edition, which is the only reason why I ever kept it in the first place.
Title: Re: The Replacement Killers (1998)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 09, 2012, 10:24:31 am
The Replacement Killers DVD Screencaps

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Title: Re: The Replacement Killers (1998)
Post by: Mac on September 17, 2012, 06:57:44 pm
I liked Replacement Killers, mainly because I was a Chow fan, but even more a Mira fan. She is so beautiful and to see her stretch by being in a an action flick had me psyched. I was biased and loved it the first time.

I did recently watch it and like Chip noticed maybe it was not the best, well, believable casting. Like Zoe Saldana in Colombiana, a small female badass is a stretch.
Title: Re: The Replacement Killers (1998)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 17, 2012, 07:03:52 pm
As I said before, I just think for me being such a HUGE Chow Yun Fat fan, that going into the movie I had built up high expectations that really couldn't be met. It sounds and looks great, but that's really all it is these days. I wanted more depth to it and was expecting an American version The Killer. I think John Woo should have just directed the film himself instead of turning a music director on the loose. Really not sure how much involvement Woo had in the film as the Producer.