Bullet In The Head


Need a post-Paycheck reminder as to why John Woo is a great director? Then check out this 1990 scorcher. Set in the late '60s, it's the tale of three pals who swap street-fighting in Hong Kong for profiteering in conflict-ravaged Saigon. No Hollywood hackwork here: this is Woo at his most personal and political, zeroing in on the painful death of a near-fraternal friendship to illustrate the corrupting effect of war. There's also, naturally, ferocious bloodshed, the Maestro of Mayhem orchestrating action sequences that are by turns exhilarating and in a riff on The Deer Hunter's Russian-roulette scene - - excruciating.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: August 1st 2004

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