Many people say that this film could be marked down as a cobweb in John
Woo's closet. It is far from this, but only if you see the full uncencored
version, which is available in the UK for people who own PAL video machines.
I think that this is John Woo's best American made work. Better than Face /
Off, which was well filmed but lacked the Woo stylised violence to keep your
interest up. But Hard Target has plenty. Certain people believe that the end
gunfight in the Mardi Gras graveyard is among Woo's best visually. The
flurry of quick bloody violence is overwhelmingly adrenaline pumping, Van
Damme pumps the bad guys with more bullets in 15 minutes than Desperado did
in two hours! The American Version is quite mediocre compared to the UK
version, the US version contains less violence and if you look in the goofs
section most of the stuff ups are due to the violence being edited out. I do
know where you can get your hands on a rough cut of the 116 minute version
but it is a bit of a waste of time, due to the fact that there is no colour
(except a greeny tone) and most of the 20 minutes extra are just talking.
If you think Van Damme is a bit of a let down, he isn't really. He may not be able to act, but Woo has made him look as cool as ever, seing Van Damme run around with two hand guns is cool, This movie runs on Van Dammes precence.
Give this film a chance, get the UK version for a better time.
I give this 5 outta 5.
John Woo rules the earth.
Action / Thriller
Action / Thriller
Natasha Binder comes to New Orleans looking for her father, who has gone missing. In doing so, she meets a very hard man called Chance. He helps her find out that her father was killed by an organisation who sell the opportunity to hunt human prey. They are taking advantage of a police strike in New Orleans. Will the Muscles from Brussels win through?
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