"Blu-Ray Disc, Experience High Definition."
"...a fist-full-of-frenzied fun. Frank Ochieng, Rec.Arts.Movies.Reviews
|When professional hit man John Lee (Chow Yun-Fat) defies the orders of Mr. Wei, a ruthless Chinese drug lord, he knows not only is his own life at stake, but also the lives of his family back in China. Desperate to get home, but in need of a passport, Lee enlists the help of Meg Coburn (Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino; 1995, Best Supporting Actress, Mighty Aphrodite), a beautiful document forger who helps Lee fend off waves of Wei's "replacement killers" - hired guns who will stop at nothing to see Lee dead.|
When the two warring sides face off in a climactic, ultra-violent showdown, it's a battle to the death that's guaranteed to blow you away!
"Chow Yun-Fat is a legend in the making. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A sleek piece of filmmaking. Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Versatile Hong Kong box office giant Chow Yun-Fat makes a Hollywood splash as a John Lee, Chinese hitman beholden to drug kingpin Mr. Wei (Hong Kong stalwart Ken Tsang, in an interesting reversal of his "crusty cop" persona). The good news is that Lee's free after one hit; the bad news is that Wei wants revenge on a cop who killed his son--by killing the cop's son. Lee decides to run rather than kill the boy, and Wei doesn't take kindly to the betrayal. Tough-talking passport forger Meg Coburn (Mira Sorvino) creates a new identity for Lee, but that's of little help when they must face Wei's army of "replacement killers." First-timer Fuqua provides eye-candy visuals and plenty of action set pieces. John Woo executive produced.
Cast & Crew
"...Chow Yun-Fat is a legend in the making..."
Sight and Sound
"...[Sorvino] attacks her role with skill. She never smiles until the final scene, but has stolen the show long before..."
New York Times
"...A sleek piece of filmmaking....[With] a mood that is dreamlike and almost lulling..."
"...THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS is a dazzlingly slick actioner that should not only thrill Chow's many devoted fans, but win him legions of new admirers as well..."
"...As many stateside viewers get their first glimpse of Hong Kong action icon Chow, they're sure to be transfixed by [his] sexy combination of vulnerability and higher purpose..."
"...It's a high-gloss version of a Hong Kong action picture....It's done with a tilt and a zoom....Cool and self-assured..."
ReelViews 7 of 10
In these days of high-tech special effects and big screen derring-do, watchable action films typically come in one of two categories: those that tell a good story and those that don't tell much of a story, but look good all the same. The Replacement Killers, Chow Yun-Fat's entrance into American multiplexes, falls squarely in the latter category. The plot is so thin that it's not really worth thinking about, but director Antoine Fuqua and cinematographer Peter Lyons Collister have put so much effort into the feel and appearance of the movie that it held my attention...The terms "eye candy" and "testosterone flick" were coined for movies like The Replacement Killers -- mildly entertaining features that don't amount to much. It's all sound and fury signifying nothing. Nothing, that is, except the arrival of Chow Yun-Fat into the American mainstream. If he makes any kind of impact, the action genre will never be quite the same.
- James Berardinelli
Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
``The Replacement Killers'' is all style. It's a high-gloss version of a Hong Kong action picture, made in America but observing the exuberance of a genre where surfaces are everything. The characters are as flat as figures on a billboard...What I liked about the film was its simplicity of form and its richness of visuals. There's a certain impersonality about the story; Chow and Sorvino don't have long chats between the gunfire. They're in a ballet of Hong Kong action imagery: bodies rolling out of gunshot range, faces frozen in fear, guys toppling off fire escapes, grim lips, the fetishism of firearms, cars shot to pieces, cops that make ``Dragnet'' sound talky. The first-time director, Antoine Fuqua, is a veteran of commercials and music videos; with cinematographer Peter Lyons Collister, he gets a sensuous texture onto the screen that makes you feel the roughness of walls, the clamminess of skin, the coldness of guns...``The Replacement Killers'' is as abstract as a jazz instrumental, and as cool and self-assured.
- Roger Ebert