Sunday, November 10, 2013

Jason revisits Hard Target

There was a time when Jean-Claude Van Damme was one of the biggest stars on the planet and he brought the then king of Hong Kong action cinema to North America. The year was 1993 and the movie was Hard Target.

A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

This movie still owns today. At the time of its release, it was pretty over the top. By modern standards, it's a thing of simple beauty. Fight scenes are coherent and all the more exciting for it. Although not as good as director John Woo's Asian efforts, the gunfights are still stunning ballets of death. No shaky cam here!

Van Damme was born to play Chance Boudreaux, Arnold Vosloo and Lance Henriksen are brilliant as the main bad guys, Yancy Butler is pure yum and Wilfred Brimley is just awesome as Uncle Douvee. He and Vosloo have some of the most quotable lines in movie history.

I can't believe it took me more than a decade to give this another watch. Shame on me. Hard Target is as Good as it gets.
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