Broken Arrow, John Woo (1996)

I remember Anthony Lane pointing out, when this was released, that of course the bad guy steals not one but two nuclear bombs, because this is a John Woo movie, and while the director fully intends one of those bombs to be disarmed with seconds to spare at the film’s climax, he also fully intends to first blow that other sucker up.

This isn’t as awesome as Woo’s breakthrough The Killer or the Persona-meets-Peckinpah Face/Off, but it’s still pure Woo pleasure: explosions, cheesy shopping mall music, hamfisted psychoanalysis, explosions, and innumerable unlikely coincidences. Perfection, of a kind, is what he was after.

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