Now, this is back to the classic Hong Kong action film during the Golden era of the industry. The Killer is a movie directed by the famous director John Woo, who specialises in lots of action sequences and over the top gunfights. With Chow Yun Fat as the role character, will this movie be yet another action Hong Kong film that contains solely action and nothing else? Read on to find out!
The basic premise is Ah Jong(Chow Yun Fat), a hitman who is on his last job before he retreats from triad life, is sent on a normal mission and is then betrayed by his boss. So he is now on a run from the triads, as well as from the police. Along the way, his compassion for unintended victims, such as Jenny, a bar singer whose eyes get blinded when Ah Jong’s gun fired too near her eyes. With his own love for Jenny, together with his intelligence and skills, Ah Jong has to find ways to escape while protecting her loved one from the violent clashes.
First of all, this movie actually has some pretty interesting story that explores human characters, honour and brotherhood. Though it is a based on a cliche Triad vs Police that is common in Hong Kong cinema, the director manages to create a compelling storyline that ties in all the characters nicely. The main characters and two other important side characters gain invaluable screen time which allows for character development. We get to know their reasons behind their thinking and also pride, together with the famous Chinese Honour that is getting rare in society nowadays. Also, the story does not drag out, a common pitfall for boredom, so the action starts almost immediately, establishing the setting and the character relationships.
Action scenes are expertly choreographed with plenty of explosions and gunfights, together with some fistfight, though the latter is pretty rare. There are some long sequences of just gunfights, especially near the end, but the premise makes them feel meaningful and not just included for the sake of it. Some moments of pure awesomeness are displayed proudly by the actors as they fight through throngs of assassins and police chase. What I love the most is the humanity behind their motives. Neither is black or white, although the antagonist could use more of these, as the focus is mainly on the main and side characters. With that said, the interactions between each character feel genuine but can sometimes feel forced, especially for a certain character.