The Replacement Killers
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Music video and TV commercials director Antoine Fuqua made his feature directorial debut with this action thriller starring Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-Fat. Chinese immigrant John Lee (Yun-Fat) has a violent past as a professional killer. It brings him only remorse, but it makes him the ideal assassin. In exchange for his family's safety, Lee is forced to take a job with a powerful underworld figure, Asian crime kingpin Terence Wei (Kenneth Tsang), who wants Lee to settle a deadly vendetta against police detective Stan Zedlov (Michael Rooker) by killing Zedlov's seven-year-old son. At… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

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"The John Woo school of the ballet of bullets gets a full dose of Sam Peckinpah under the steady hand of director Antoine Fuqua's finely framed tale of revenge."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Will serve as a suitable replacement when [Chow Yun Fat's] better films are already rented out for the weekend."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"Unfortunately, The Replacement Killers isn't a film by John Woo."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The ever-charismatic Chow will certainly have no trouble winning new fans with his English language debut."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"An unworthy vehicle for a great star like Chow Yun-fat."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Style over substance all the way, but at least it's not boring."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"One cannot accuse Killers of possessing a kernel of intelligence, but it's still a stylish action film."
‑ Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com
"Fuqua...obviously knows a good thing when he sees one and lets Chow dominate The Replacement Killers so thoroughly that the movie's liabilities...slide by relatively painlessly."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"The Replacement Killers is not a very good film, but it is impossible to deny that it has a certain beauty."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The most dispiriting thing about The Replacement Killers is that it proves Chow [Yun-Fat]'s charisma repressible."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"A fair action thriller is offered here but what a difference this movie would make from merely being fair to that of being a fist-full-of-frenzied fun. A mild recommendation at best."
‑ Frank Ochieng, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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