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The Replacement Killers (DC)
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04.25.2006 By: Scott Weinberg
The Replacement Killers (DC) order
Director:
Antoine Fuqua

Actors:
Chow Yun-Fat
Mira Sorvino
Michael Rooker

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A ruthless assassin grows a heart when ordered to slay a small child, so he heads on over to a hot lady forger in order to get some escape papers ... only to spend the next 75 minutes dodging bullets.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It's slick, it's stylish, and it's as deep as a shower puddle, but if mindless machine gunfire is your cup of tea, and you love the idea of seeing Mira Sorvino as an action star, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS might just fill 90 minutes of your life with some entertainment.

Highly touted as Chinese action star Chow Yun-Fat's introduction to American moviegoers, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS is nothing more than a flimsily connected series of semi-exciting action sequences -- scenes in which our mismatched heroes avoid thousands of bullets while needing only four or five to dispatch the nearest henchman.

Chow, of course, could do "super-cool gunslinger" in his sleep, so while THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS sure isn't a great action movie, it's always fun to watch Chow Yun-Fat get down and dirty. As the mega-hot and leggy lady forger, Mira Sorvino (who was fresh off an Oscar win when she starred here) is woefully miscast. Sure she looks purty in the flashy lights, but the gal looks like she can barely carry a pistol, let alone kill 128 guys with one. Luckily for the movie geeks, the familiar faces of Michael Rooker, Jurgen Prochnow, and Danny Trejo populate the background quite colorfully.

Flick doesn't come even close to capturing the magic of Chow Yun-Fat's best action movies, but it's not outright terrible either. Style over substance all the way, but at least it's not boring.

THE EXTRAS
Although ten additional minutes have been added into the theatrical cut, the Extra Features department is a mite skimpy. All we got is a pair of featurettes...

Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood runs about 20 minutes and acts as a non-stop love-fest tongue-bath from everyone on the TRK set to the obviously well-adored Chow Yun-Fat. The praise is laid down with a mop, but fans of the action star will appreciate this piece.

The Making of THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS: Where the Action Is is a standard 10-minute behind-the-scenes EPK thingamajig. Various cast & crew members say excited and exgaerrated things about the movie they're presently working on.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
It's not a piece of buried treasure and it's far from the lamest action flick under the sun ... plus it's got some kooky gimmick casting and more bullet holes than a weekend in Detroit.
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