Hard Boiled ★★★★

Blood on baby's face must be the single most powerful image John Woo has ever created and it pretty much sums up pretty important themes of his cinema. Brotherhood and friendship in his films is the most important key to success. Bad will always get what's coming to them but unfortunately innocence suffers too much as well. I've always thought of Woo as merciless director with perhaps too simple world-view but he also shows that even bad can redeem themselves. He trusts in good that can come up when two people believing and doubting each other and themselves start working for morally important causes. The choreography is to die for... Only those who have eyes fast enough to understand their steps and battlegrounds can survive as winners.