Woo action flicks are only dumb if you don't think about them in the abstract. They work here like the embedded jazz score, not just in rhythm, but in how each image, idea, line, and plot detail can be broken down and examined as a part of a greater composition that's all tied to testosterone and masculinity. Hell, even its romanticism is used as a coded underlie to its smattering of brotherhood, honor, and loyalty.
Iconic action film from John Woo would mark his last post handover Hong Kong film and his last Chinese action film for well over a decade. Full of memorable action set pieces this film marks a high point in production for its time period in Hong Kong. The teahouse sequence, the warehouse sequence and pretty much the entire second half of the film (the hospital shootout) are stellar.
Continuing Woo's examination into the workings of the Hong Kong criminal underworld, the divide between the lawful & the lawless, the bond between brothers in arms & the psyche of the anti-hero. While less cohesive & less satisfying than its predecessors, A Better Tomorrow & The Killer, Hard Boiled pushes the Woo aesthetic to breaking point; creating a film that redefines the possibilities of the modern action movie.
If there's one criticism I have of early John Woo, it's the director's penchant for overwrought melodrama. Hard Boiled rejects this for a more hard-nosed tone and contains within it some of the most impeccably choreographed action set pieces ever committed to film. In one scene, Chow Yun-Fat attempts to blast his way through a hospital choc-full of bad guys with a pistol in one hand and a baby in the other. Genius.
Poca roba.La commistione di Woo con Hollywood è fin troppo evidente,le scene sono super-enfatiche e fuori luogo,lo script è misero e tutto è tirato per le lunghe.Il finale all'ospedale in stile Die-Hard è quasi un'agonia,con scelte molto discutibili e qualche buona scena action che si perde in un mare di mediocrità.Solo per staccare il cervello.