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.
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.
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.
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.