It's a bit heavy on the screeching melodrama and warbling pop ballads for my liking in a shoot-em-up, but John Woo's film has more than enough brilliant shoot-outs to be getting by on. Chow Yun-Fat's marvellous performance in the lead holds it together in its slower moments as well.
Forse il migliore lavoro di Woo che ho visto,un action un pò noir improntato sull'amore,sull'amicizia e sul senso dell onore.Il personaggio di Fat è bello,molto caratterizzato e tiene alla grande per tutto il film.Secondo me Woo ha sempre il difetto di dosarsi poco,eccede nell action quando non ce nè bisogno ma lo fà sempre in grande stile e con una mano concessa a pochi.Duro e romantico,non alla Kitano,ma ci prova.
La verdad me esperaba muchísimo más de esta película. Más allá de las esmeradas, aunque no necesariamente sorprendentes, escenas de acción, es poco lo que se puede rescatar; el guión y la música rayan en la cursilería más espantosa. Me quedaré con el buen recuerdo de Hardboiled y Face-Off.
A super-cool, action packed film pumped full of steroids. Woo's films may come off as a bit too melodramatic for the Western audience, but I feel here he nailed the perfect balance between the amazing action sequences and the more emotional and tender moments of the main characters. I only wish I knew of this film as a teenager, it would have been an eye opener to Hong Kong cinema. Get ready for a bloody show!
It's easy to see the cliches here, but that's missing the point--if Woo's tools seem overly familiar, it's only because they made such an impact as to inspire numerous imitators in the years since. it's hard to imagine the 21st century action film without John Woo, in the same way it would be hard to imagine rock without Jimi Hendrix-much like Hendrix's Purple Haze, this is a great showcase for Woo's singular vision.
Certainly one of the all time great action films. Woo's unique blend of melodrama and ultra violence reached the boiling point here in its depiction of a growing admiration between a ruthless killer and a dedicated officer. Chow Yun-Fat was the pure embodiment of cool here. All the Woo flourishes that would later become cliched are here in a career defining way. First saw this in a chinatown theatre in '89 .
My favorite of Woo's movies. It still amazes me what he was able to do with what must have been a very limited budget. Stylish and full of energy. Between the many wonderfully over the top shootouts, the character moments come through so well, emotionally centered by the amazing Chow Yun Fat
"On a 2nd viewing, ``The Killer`` immediately leaps from the ridiculous to the sublime...The violence is a direct and pure extension of the drama, an externalization of the characters` raging emotions...A movement metaphor-a gesture as grand as those of a Jackson Pollack painting or a Twyla Tharp ballet." - Dave Kehr Didn't think this would happen. A week later I'm rid of any 'camp' preconceptions and FEELING this.
Same as A Better Tomorrow, the greatest action combines with deeply drama about respect, friendship, ironically fact between triad and police. Although the best of all for me is still A Better Tomorrow and i don't feel satisfied as much as i watched it, The Killer is a good description for action with heart.
Quintessential (and essential) John Woo. This movie has all the hallmarks of a John Woo film: honor, respect, family, responsibility, debt, regret, self-possession and brilliantly staged, elaborate gun battles. Yun-Fat Chow and Danny Lee are perfectly cast as brothers in arms on opposite sides of the law.
This is where Woo starts to get lost on me. The sheer spontaneity of this film is beyond ridiculous. It's still enjoyable, but I would say this one is the hokiest of all Woo's action films. At first it looks pretty promising, but it just winds up so over-the-top and the final payoff is actually pretty laughable despite its tragedy. It's a good guilty pleasure and nothing more. Not as good as A Better Tomorrow series.
almost all the formal qualities were pretentious and cliche, the acting was bad, and the directing was a lesson in how not to make a film in my taste; but, still, it has it's vibe and I enjoyed watching it for the sake of its story- even though the way the story was told did not satisfy me at all.