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Thursday, May 29, 2008

THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS (1998)

Megger Antoine Fuqua looks all thumbs in this loud & choppy action revenge tale about a soft-hearted assassin who refuses an assignment from the heavyweight who runs the Asian mob. As the killer with a conscience, Chow Yun-Fat was a decade too old to break into the mainstream American market, his sleek kinetic moves poorly faked as Fuqua is shy on technique needed to edit a semblance of Yun-Fat’s past best. (But watch for a nice shot when Yun-Fat preternaturally stops an ashtray that’s flying toward his head.) And as his accidental co-hort, Mira Sorvino seems hellbent to commit career suicide as a laughable tough cookie. All told, the film’s about as mechanical as they come.

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