Hard Target

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  • R
  • 1993
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.2  (56,059)
  • 63

Hard Target is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by legendary Hong-Kong director John Woo in his American debut. Woo is well known for his action-centric films, and he brings his expertise to this movie, which was produced by Universal Pictures. The movie is set in New Orleans, and the plot revolves around a young woman named Natasha (played by Yancy Butler) who is searching for her missing father. Her father is a Vietnam War veteran, and she believes that he has fallen victim to a group of wealthy businessmen who hunt homeless men for sport.

Natasha hires a tough-as-nails ex-marine named Chance Boudreaux (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme) to help her find her father. Chance is initially hesitant, but he soon agrees to help her when he learns that the men involved in the kidnapping have military-grade weapons and a lot of firepower. Chance is a skilled fighter who knows how to take down his enemies, but he soon realizes that this is no ordinary mission.

The villains are led by a suave businessman named Emil Fouchon (played by Lance Henriksen), who has a secret agenda that involves using his hunting skills to eliminate his rivals in the business world. Fouchon is a ruthless killer who has no qualms about using innocent people as targets, and he is intrigued by Chance's impressive fighting skills. Fouchon sees Chance as a worthy adversary and decides to make him his next target.

The movie is filled with explosive action sequences that are typical of John Woo's films. There are gunfights, explosions, and elaborate fight scenes that showcase Van Damme's impressive physical abilities. The movie is also notable for its use of slow-motion shots during the action scenes, which adds to the dramatic effect of the scenes.

The film's climax takes place in an abandoned factory, where Chance faces off against Fouchon and his henchmen. The final fight scene is epic and takes full advantage of Van Damme's martial arts skills. Woo's signature use of slow-motion shots helps to heighten the tension during the fight, which ends in a spectacular explosion.

Overall, Hard Target is a classic action film that showcases John Woo's talent as a director and Jean-Claude Van Damme's abilities as an action star. The film is fast-paced, thrilling, and filled with exciting action sequences that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The movie is a must-see for fans of action movies and martial arts films.

Hard Target is a 1993 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 63.

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