Paul Schrader does pure melodrama. It works.
He always talks about this LIGHT in terms of how he regrets muting his instincts for visual invention, but I think he made the right choice. The quiet (yet deliberate) camera moves are a good match to the film's rough working-class story.
Michael J. Fox is a pitch-perfect affable leading man to throw into emotionally taunt situations. It's a shame he didn't do much drama outside of this, CASUALTIES OF WAR and BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY.
Insanely action-packed, hilariously melodramatic and dedicated to numbing you to the sight of innocent people being gunned down. Just when you think "They aren't going to kill any more African bystanders are they?" you get to watch fifty more retreating bodies brutally riddled with bullets.
Moments later, Wu Jing catches a rocket with a bed frame.
The Best Canon Film not made by Canon since OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
John Woo's MANHUNT is the craziest film he's made since Hard Boiled. In terms of style, it may be the Wooiest thing that ever Wooed, a throwback to the kind of films he would toss off as a lark in the 80's, distilled to its barest essence, with a script seemingly made up as they went along (in classic Hong Kong style). The fact that it looks like every other crummy digital Chinese blockbuster, and is filled with badly accented…