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"Prepare to Go Ballistic."
  • R
  • 1996
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • 6.1  (104,750)
  • 61

Broken Arrow is a high-octane action thriller from 1996, directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta, Christian Slater, and Samantha Mathis. The film follows two United States Air Force pilots, Major Vic Deakins (John Travolta) and Captain Riley Hale (Christian Slater), who are on a routine training mission in the skies above Utah when things take a deadly turn.

After ejecting from their aircraft, Deakins reveals that he has stolen two nuclear warheads from the military, which he plans to use as leverage to extort $250 million from the U.S. government. Hale is horrified by Deakins' actions and sets out to stop him before he can carry out his plan and cause a nuclear disaster.

As the film unfolds, Hale races against time to track down Deakins and the missing nuclear warheads, teaming up with a park ranger named Terry Carmichael (Samantha Mathis) along the way. But Deakins is always one step ahead, using his military training and cunning to stay one step ahead of Hale and thwart his efforts.

As the two former friends-turned-enemies engage in a deadly game of cat and mouse, their conflict becomes increasingly personal and intense, culminating in a pulse-pounding climax that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

The film boasts impressive action sequences, including thrilling aerial dogfights, explosive shootouts, and tense standoffs, all of which are enhanced by Woo's signature filmmaking style, which combines slow-motion shots, stylized violence, and intense close-ups.

One of the standout performances of the film comes from John Travolta, who delivers a larger-than-life portrayal of Deakins, a charismatic and ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. In contrast, Christian Slater's portrayal of Hale is more subdued and relatable, providing a grounded anchor for the film's more over-the-top moments.

Samantha Mathis also delivers a solid performance as Terry Carmichael, a resourceful and determined park ranger who proves herself to be an invaluable ally to Hale in his quest to stop Deakins.

Overall, Broken Arrow is a fast-paced and highly entertaining action film that delivers plenty of thrills and excitement. With its impressive action sequences, dynamic performances, and tense storyline, it remains a classic of the genre and a must-watch for fans of action movies.

Broken Arrow is a 1996 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 48 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 61.

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    6.1  (104,750)
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