Post by stuartoxlade on May 4, 2020 4:11:00 GMT -5
Had a pretty busy last couple of weeks so I finally got to this last night. Feels well 90's and I love all of the diving and shooting in it. Reminds me so much of Die Hard in a hospital. Great film.
Thinking about the legacy question - I don't recall seeing babies in an action film before this or since, so it certainly feels original from that aspect of it. Apparently Barry Wong's original screenplay was altered a lot after he died, and they scrapped Leung's character trait who was supposed to be a "crazy psychopath baby poisoner" who would poison baby food. Unsurprising really, but imagine seeing THAT film.
It's also a great opportunity to see 2 Hong Kong legends together in a film; Chow Yun-fat and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Didn't realise that was his full name til i read Wiki).
Thirdly, I don't recall seeing many action films that fire off so many bullets in the space of 2 hours. I mean we won't get into the logistics of rarely seeing anyone reload a gun in the film, but man they really do shoot the place up constantly! The use of grenades is brilliant as well. It's almost like a war movie set inside a cops and robbers frame, and that's really cool.
I think what I loved about the two John Woo movies I thought were the best is just the complete reckless disregard for ammo limits and what's a reasonable amount of bullets to fire. How much ammo is in this clip? Who knows!
When the police superintendent says to Tequila "Give a man a gun and he thinks he's Superman; give him two and he thinks he's God.", that basically sums up John Woo's "Heroic Bloodshed" series of films, which includes this and "The Killer".