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Hard Target (1993)
A very tight, well made film.
Many people say that this film could be marked down as a cobweb in John Woo's closet. It is far from this, but only if you see the full uncencored version, which is available in the UK for people who own PAL video machines. I think that this is John Woo's best American made work. Better than Face / Off, which was well filmed but lacked the Woo stylised violence to keep your interest up. But Hard Target has plenty. Certain people believe that the end gunfight in the Mardi Gras graveyard is among Woo's best visually. The flurry of quick bloody violence is overwhelmingly adrenaline pumping, Van Damme pumps the bad guys with more bullets in 15 minutes than Desperado did in two hours! The American Version is quite mediocre compared to the UK version, the US version contains less violence and if you look in the goofs section most of the stuff ups are due to the violence being edited out. I do know where you can get your hands on a rough cut of the 116 minute version but it is a bit of a waste of time, due to the fact that there is no colour (except a greeny tone) and most of the 20 minutes extra are just talking.
If you think Van Damme is a bit of a let down, he isn't really. He may not be able to act, but Woo has made him look as cool as ever, seing Van Damme run around with two hand guns is cool, This movie runs on Van Dammes precence.
Give this film a chance, get the UK version for a better time.
I give this 5 outta 5.
John Woo rules the earth.
Maximum Risk (1996)
Actually Quite Well Made
Ringo Lam has put together a wicked film, that has to be viewed in the state of mind that it is virtually a Hong Kong film. Ringo Lam is a well rounded director, giving his films a unique visual style. This one is no exception. You may say Van Damme acts like a plank of wood, but Maximum Risk wouldn't work without him. Give this film a chance.
Awful really but quite scary
Many say that this film is a lack luster remake of the first. The real problem with this film is that it suffered from cuts because it was quite violent in parts and that made certain sections of the film incoherent. It is a scary film really, the use of heavy metal music is effective and the scene where the girl is literally nailed to a chair while the cannibals cut open her boyfriend who is hanging upside down on a meat hook is unbearably tense. It is funny though how it is Leatherface's birthday and they bought him a nice, large gold plated chainsaw. Which he uses at the end of the film. The ending is a bit gay, as it leaves the film open for a sequel, which was totally crap and it made me cry with eye watering pain it was so bad. Well give this film a go, it isn't really as bad as people say.