Is this the only time an action hero is saved by baby piss?
Whenever I watch a John Woo movie I get the feeling that it could turn into a cigarette ad at any moment, and yet that quality is what makes him so awesome. Nothing like over the top melodramatic balls to the wall action. Is there any set piece more manly and exciting than the hospital shoot out? Woo's movies expose Michael Bay for the fraud he is. This is real testosterone driven action.
I so wanted to give this 4 stars, but I think that would be silly.
You have to wonder what happened to the birds...
The action is sillier than I remember when I watched it as boy. Still, it's an epic! A John Woo's classic you shouldn't miss.
Sensory overload, especially in the third act...and I love it.
The greatest action movie ever made, no other movie comes close
Now this is an action movie! John Woo directs action, especially gun-play, better than just about anyone - and most of those who approach his skill learned from watching his movies. This is one of Woo's most action packed films and, while I think Woo has made better films, this is the one to watch to just immerse yourself in relishing over-the-top action done right - and all without CGI.
Blam, Ratatatatata, Kaboom. Tre suoni che descrivono questo gioiello di John Woo. Miliardi di bossoli a terra, una moltitudine di esplosioni, corpi che volano, piroette e un protagonista che chiede di tifare per lui. Finalmente un gran bel film ignorante.
It's how I prefer my eggs: "Hard Boiled". Aha. It's musical this movie. Like it.
You're so noble, mr. Woo!
I must agree with all the critical sensation about Hard Boiled being a well filmed blockbuster action movie--among the best--but in the end, it's still a blockbuster action movie. I can't handle so much explosions and "too-cool-for-school" acting.
Not so buddy cop, turns into buddy cop, turns into an hour of action. Who can complain?
I've probably never seen an action movie like this before. Every action scene is so beautifully choreographed that it's almost a ballet. It's chaos filmmaking at its most powerful and efficient. Though some small plot holes, the use of the human body in this film, in every shot, makes the difference between an average action flick and this kind of symphony of violence, broken glass, fire, blood and explosions.
Babies in jeopardy? Really?
A movie so completely horrible it transcends it's existence as a piece of compost and achieves immortality in film history.So basically its a piece of crap that's great hilarious entertainment.
The culmination of every problem I have with John Woo's filmmaking: broken glass everywhere, acrobatic gunmen, endless clips, emotional tough guys and frigging doves flying all over the place as if it were a hellish paradise, this one overdoes it all. But needless to say it is still a pretty top notch action flick. With John Woo I guess you just have to swallow your pride and suspend that disbelief to the next level.
It's stylish as hell, not sure that it's one I will return to much though. Even so, that opening scene is pretty awesome.
The Greatest Action Film of All Time. Without a doubt, Woo takes the genre to the farthest extent possible while still retaining it's soul. Every sequence puts Hollywood action cinema to shame. You can truly see why Woo claims 50s musicals as an inspiration. A masterpiece.
Stylish, innovative and mad. Loved it. Woo forever.
I rarely watch action movies so this kind of blew me out of the water. The entire sequence with Tequila and the baby was absolutely ridiculous!
Sit back, relax and try to take it all in with eyes wide open. This mind-blowing extravaganza is the pinnacle of super-stylized, hyper-kinetic, crazy HK action films. It changes the world of action cinema forever, never bothering to stop and reload.
I think Woo's earlier films are even better but I am not sure if any film ever has or ever will top the action sequences in this film. I am talking particularly about the hospital sequence.
Possibly the best action film ever made.
Read my reveiw at http://thecriterionproject.com/2010/04/15/9-hard-boiled/
how about that action scene from the elevator all filmed in one shot!