Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Killer [1989]

If you think you know the best action films of the late 80’s early 90’s – you’ll want to make sure you know John Woo’s The Killer before you start bragging. I’m not saying I’m an expert – but The Killer is essential for action film lovers.

A hired gun – known only to some as Jeffery (played by Chow Yun-Fat) – takes out his targets at a nightclub in what was supposed to be his final job – but in the process accidently blinds the singer. Jeffery lives by a code and feels guilty for his action – and decides to become close to her – and take one more contract to pay for her surgery – unfortunately any time you say you want to retire in an action film...

This film was over the top nuts with action. Jeffery is a suave and sentimental anti-hero – Chow Yun-Fat plays the role very well. I haven’t seen a ton of John Woo films – but this certainly seems to be his masterpiece. The choreography of the action scenes was at times dizzying – but the frequency and the gonzo of them was outstanding fun. There was a few times I shook my head in disbelief of how over-the-top this film was.

I don’t really have much more to say – it’s not an incredibly deep plot – your standard anti-hero/good guy/evil guys set-up – where the anti-hero and the good guy have a bit of a bro-mance – and they team up to beat the evil guys – you’re standard early 90’s action kind of thing. I’m giving it a strong 4 out of 5 – and would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun action film.

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