The Replacement Killers

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"Kill or be replaced."
  • R
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 6.1  (29,984)
  • 42

In the 1998 thriller film "The Replacement Killers," Chow Yun-Fat plays John Lee, a hired assassin who finds himself targeted by his own employers after refusing to carry out a hit on a police officer's young son. With a new target painted on his back, John seeks out the help of Meg Coburn (Mira Sorvino), a forger who can help him secure a fake passport and flee the country.

Unfortunately for John, his boss (played by Kenneth Tsang) already has a backup plan in place - he sends in a team of replacement killers to take out John and his family. As John and Meg race against the clock to escape, they face obstacles from all sides, including corrupt cops, gang members, and the ruthless replacements looking to claim their bounty.

What sets "The Replacement Killers" apart from other action films is its emphasis on character development and emotional depth. While John is certainly a skilled killer, he is also a man with a moral code and a sense of honor - he only kills those who he deems deserving of death, and he is haunted by the memory of the innocents he has inadvertently harmed in the past. His relationship with Meg is similarly complex - they start off as reluctant partners, but gradually come to trust and rely on each other over the course of the film.

Chow Yun-Fat is a standout in the lead role, bringing both physical prowess and emotional nuance to his performance. He is particularly impressive in his fight scenes, which were choreographed by legendary martial artist and filmmaker John Woo (who also produced the film). The action sequences are fast-paced and thrilling, with plenty of guns, explosions, and car chases to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Mira Sorvino is also excellent as Meg, bringing a toughness and vulnerability to the role. She is a skilled forger who has made a living on the fringes of society, but she is also haunted by the tragic loss of her young son. Her chemistry with Chow Yun-Fat is palpable, and their banter often provides a welcome source of levity in an otherwise tense and gritty film.

Michael Rooker rounds out the main cast as Detective Zedkov, the cop who is after John for killing his partner in the line of duty. Rooker is no stranger to playing tough, no-nonsense characters, and he brings a sense of gravity to his role in "The Replacement Killers." He is a worthy foe to John, and their cat-and-mouse game throughout the film is both suspenseful and emotionally charged.

Overall, "The Replacement Killers" is a well-crafted and intense action film that also manages to be more than just mindless violence. Through its well-drawn characters and themes of loyalty, honor, and redemption, the film explores deeper issues than many other entries in the genre. It may not be as well-known as some of Chow Yun-Fat's other films (such as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" or "Hard Boiled"), but it is definitely worth a watch for fans of action movies with heart.

The Replacement Killers is a 1998 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 42.

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    1 hr 27 min
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    6.1  (29,984)
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