Hard Target (1993)

JOHN WOO

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1993.  , , Renaissance Pictures, S & R Productions.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Well-meaning, fun action film signals John Woo’s U.S. debut and a big hit for Belgian kickboxing champ . He plays a Louisiana drifter who is hired by a desperate woman () looking for her missing father. Their investigation into his whereabouts result in the discovery of an underground human hunting club run by , who accepts huge sums of money from adventurous businessmen looking to hunt humans as sport; in this particular case, former soldiers make the best targets. Featuring a crafty story and unobtrusive direction by Woo that sticks to the script without any particular flourishes, it also champions Woo’s trademark violent streak but not enough of the character depth that made Hard-Boiled or The Killer so endearing. Still, it’s not bad either.

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