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A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell led by Gabriel Shear wants the money to help finance their war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away. Gabriel brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson to help him.
In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
"Broken Arrow" is the term used to describe a nuclear device that has been lost. In this movie, two nuclear missiles are stolen by rogue US pilot Deakins, but hot on his trail is his co-pilot Hale and a Park Ranger, Terry. The action takes place in Utah's canyon country; a high stakes game of cat and mouse. Written by
Oliver Wood was considered to be the film's director of photography, but he was unable to take the job, due to the broken ankle he sustained while shooting Cutthroat Island (1995). He was replaced by Peter Levy (who had also replaced him on Cutthroat Island). Director John Woo later picked Wood to shoot his next film, Face/Off (1997). See more »
In the end credits, Vondie Curtis-Hall's character is credited as "Lt. Col. Sam Rhodes". However, his uniform and how he is addressed throughout show him to be a Chief Master Sergeant. See more »
John Woo, after his many Hong Kong efforts, came to America and made Hard
Target (1993), which due to studio interference and bad taking of direction
by Jean Claude Van Damme, wasn't as good as it could have been. Woo got a
bad reputation due to his conflicts with both the MPAA and Universal, and it
took him awhile to get this one off of the ground. Woo had never worked with
special effects, so he was treading into new territory. Luckily, he got two
great leads, Christian Slater (soon to be in Windtalkers), and John Travolta
(Face/Off). They take his direction well, and each gives a good performance.
As the traditional villain's henchman, which I like to call Indestructable
Villain Sidekick, Howie Long gives a good performance, and dies a good death
too. I never appreciated this movie that much until watching it tonight, and
I realized, this is probably the most action-packed movie in a long time. It
takes only about 6 minutes to get going, and then, boom! boom! boom! Action
sequence after the other, no let-down in between. This movie has plently of
shootouts, explosions, and great innovative twists (kicking the rear blade
of a helicopter to knock a gun out of one's hand) to make a action movie
good. John Woo's cinematography, the great shared moments (the 20 dollar
bill and whatnot) are what makes this one a great action movie. Another
thing that makes this flick great is that it gave Woo the power to get
Face/Off, his best Hollywood outing, the greenlight. I'm looking forward to
Windtalkers and love all of Woo's movies.
9 outta 10.
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