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Plot: Natasha Binder comes to New Orleans looking for her father, who has gone missing. In doing so, she meets a very hard man called Chance. He helps her find out that her father was killed by an organisation who sell the opportunity to hunt human prey. They are taking advantage of a police strike in New Orleans. Will the Muscles from Brussels win through? Runtime: 97 mins Release Date: 19 Aug 1993
One of the greatest my personal favorite best action John Woo-Van-Damme action style movie! (by ivo-cobra8)
Hard Target 1993 is one of the greatest and the best action packed movie in a John Woo-Van-Damme Style! Of all Van Damme movies this one of his, is the best of Van Damme ever and I absolutely love it to death. Like the title says Don't hunt what you can't kill. It is my John Woo's number 1 personal favorite action flick of all time, that I love to death. It is also one one of my personal favorite action films of all time. "Don't hunt what you can't kill."The thrill of the hunt. It's the ultimate drug, and the more intense the rush, the higher the price. <more>
International superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme teams up with world-famous action director John Woo for this electrifying thriller Van Damme is the target of an evil mercenary Lance Henriksen who recruits homeless combat veterans for the "amusement" of his clients - bored tycoons who will pay a half a million dollars to stalk and kill the most challenging prey of them all: Man. Laced with dark humor and slam-packed with electrifying action Hard Target is a must see for action fans. Hard Target is not only my John Woo favorite film, it is also my Jean-Claude Van Damme favorite best action film from my favorite action star. I put this film over Die Hard, this is my Die Hard movie. I love that the stunts were realistic I think that John Woo didn't allow Van Damme to make his own stunts and it is a shame that Jean-Claude Van Damme *beep* up his chance with John Woo by making on another film. It is Van Damme's ego fault. Still they don't make movies like this. I heard that there is Driector's cut somewhere on DVD that I have never saw, I own this film on Blu-ray in my John Woo collection and I still love it. The stunts are crazy, the action are spectacular. Van Damme catching a snake wow incredible. at one point, a movie's typical crazy stuntman; firing the Beretta 92FS 9mm while standing on the seat of a motorcycle and crashes in to the car. Still the motorcycle chase sequence is my favorite scene in the film. Van Damme "launches thousands of bullets, slugs, and explosive projectiles into THIRTY of mercenary tycoons baddies." Arnold Vosloo is also underrated actor who plays Pik van Cleef he did a really pretty good job as the villain and Fouchon second mercenary henchman. Possibly best role for him. "I don't get angry. I'm a professional." I love this movie the action is delivered perfectly. Honestly I love Arnold Vosloo more in this movie than Lance Henriksen and I love his character Pik van Cleef. The trill of the hunt. It's the ultimate drug and the more intense the rush, the higher the price. Hard target was the film is saw as a teen when I was 18, I couldn't saw it as a kid I really don't know, it was never on TV and I have never seen a VHS cover in a video store. I didn't even know that movie exists. Hard Target is a 1993 action film that marked the US directorial debut of acclaimed Hong Kong director John Woo, who brought out his Asian style of action to Western cinema.10/10 for me I love this movie to death, It is my number 1 favorite action film.
Up there with Die Hard a true action classic (by richalexh)
John Woo's first u.s film is a hugely underrated hugely enjoyable action thriller beautiflly shot and bursting with style this is certainly Van Damme's best film and in my books is at the top of the action genre. It's a sort of updating of 1930's thriller The Most Dangerous Game. It centres around a women searching for her father in New Orleans who enlists the help of tough cajun chance boudreux i don't wanna say any more about the plot cos i don't wanna give to much away.this is the part of Van Damme's career when his acting wasn't too bad, the rest of the <more>
cast are mostly a solid bunch of unknowns who prove they've got what it takes to make this a tight well made thriller. Lance Henriksen is great as Fouchon and Arnold Vosloo equally as good as accomplice Van cleef. Even though in my opinion this is Woo's best u.s film it took him 2 more attempts to breakthrough into the Hollywood mainstream in which he finally struck gold with Face/Off. Hard Target comes out a dark action thriller packed with a superb blend of martial arts shootouts and explosions. I recommend this to any 1 weather your an action junkie, die hard van damme fan or just a general film buff. Up there with Die Hard this is a true action classic
Many people say that this film could be marked down as a cobweb in John Woo's closet. It is far from this, but only if you see the full uncencored version, which is available in the UK for people who own PAL video machines. I think that this is John Woo's best American made work. Better than Face / Off, which was well filmed but lacked the Woo stylised violence to keep your interest up. But Hard Target has plenty. Certain people believe that the end gunfight in the Mardi Gras graveyard is among Woo's best visually. The flurry of quick bloody violence is overwhelmingly adrenaline <more>
pumping, Van Damme pumps the bad guys with more bullets in 15 minutes than Desperado did in two hours! The American Version is quite mediocre compared to the UK version, the US version contains less violence and if you look in the goofs section most of the stuff ups are due to the violence being edited out. I do know where you can get your hands on a rough cut of the 116 minute version but it is a bit of a waste of time, due to the fact that there is no colour except a greeny tone and most of the 20 minutes extra are just talking. If you think Van Damme is a bit of a let down, he isn't really. He may not be able to act, but Woo has made him look as cool as ever, seing Van Damme run around with two hand guns is cool, This movie runs on Van Dammes precence.Give this film a chance, get the UK version for a better time.I give this 5 outta 5.John Woo rules the earth.
Hard Target is undoubtedly Van Damme's best film. In terms of laughs few movies come close. Some scenes are just so unbelievable that you have to rewind them to check they weren't kidding, you then discover that they were! The scene in which Van Damme stands up on a moving motorbike and starts shooting at a truck before jumping over it and watching it explode, must win the prize for best comedy moment of the film. A highly unrealistic snake is also witnessed later in the film. The line of the film comes when badguy Lance Henrikson shouts out 'You are a f££££g buffalo' at <more>
one of his chums! It makes no sense at all! Co-star Wilfred Brimley steals the show however as Uncle Douvee, basically a pun on duvet. He's an old fat bearded man who rides horses and uses a bow and arrow, but at the end of the film assures us all that 'I can walk but I cannot dance' following an injury. Great news Uncle! Firepower is readily available throughout Hard Target, all action fans will be kept happy by that. Some of the acting is appalling, but overall this film is worth catching, especially with like minded mates!
In one corner you have Esteemed Hong Kong director John Woo making his US debut.In the Other,Jean-Claude Van Damme coming off a string of International hits.What could happen?Action movie Nirvana! The story for Hard Target is nothing really new.Just a modern updating of A most Dangerous Game being perpetrated against New Orleans Homeless community. by Lance Henricksen and Arnold Vosloo.Van Damme is the Out-off work Sailor helping ever-hot Yancy Butler find her missing father.It all hits the fan when Van Damme gets close to the truth. Leading up to a slam-bang finale that truly delivers.We get <more>
Woo's trademark two-fisted gun-work.Bullets fly everywhere in this movie.Some really great pryro work to boot.A lot of that trademark imagery Woo is known for like very moody shots.Smokey atmosphere.And close-ups galore.He is like a painter here.Did I forget to say he stages the action very well.Van Damme is good also.With a mullet and long hair,his demeanor and look here gives him a harder edge than his earlier flicks.More mature.He is also in peak form physically.The supporting cast is excellent.First Henricksen is simply amazing.He is on par with Tommy Lee Jones here in the Villain Department.He scowls.Rages.And is a bigger Physical threat than he looks.I almost feel sorry for his Henchmen who are always on the receiving end of his verbal abuse.He gets some great lines like "hunting drunks in alleys made you weak",and "don't make me look bad in front of my dogs".Yancy is passable here.Her expression comes from her eyes.Kasi Lemmons is good as the sassy cop investigating the sudden homeless disappearances.Arnold Vosloo is Henricksen's right-hand man.He is pretty menacing.With an Icy stare.The real hoot is Wilford Brimley as Van Damme's moonshine loving Uncle.His Cajun accent is on the money,and is mostly used for comic relief that is never undignified.The blues-like soundtrack is excellent as well done by Graeme Revell of The Crow.Great stuff.Remenicent of Ry Cooder from a Walter Hill movie.Yhe best score ever for a Van Damme flick.Hard Target is not perfect though.There is not much back story to the characters.Some of the one-liners JC throws out are kind of stale.At times Van Damme cannot decide to kick someone in the chops or shoot them in the Head and seems confused at times when he sounds like Ah-nold.When he should be channeling Chow Yun-Fat.A couple of goofy stunts threaten to undermine the credibility at times.But in the end a strong entry in the US film market for Woo.And a Very solid action credit for Van Damme.8/10
Hard Target is clealry of the best movies Van Damme ever made. Van Damme movies where he picked up a gun were never that good but here with the cinematography and stylish vison of John Woo, Van Damme gives a good performance still has a chance for a few karate scenes and makes one of the best action movies of the nineties. Lance Henikrsen whose always good and Arnold Vosloo make great bad guys. Yancy Butler is sexy as hell even though a T&A scene would have been good. If you 've never seen this film check it out it's one of Van Damme best and Woo's first Amercian film.
Call It What You Will, But It IS Entertaining! (by ccthemovieman-1)
Many people see "Jean-Claude Van Damme" in the lead and think this another stupid, no-brainer action flick and guess what? It is! BUT, it is also a very entertaining film, kind of ripoff of the old "Most Dangerous Game" storyline....and, if you can suspend belief for 90-100 minutes, you'll be vastly entertained....and that's the name of the game, folks.Some of the action scenes are outrageous and big-time "Rambo" mentality, meaning an entire arsenal that could wipe out a small country is used against our hero and never seems to kill him! People are being <more>
shot in the streets but no is ever around in the middle of the day but the killers and victims? Usually that stuff annoys me, but I didn't seem to mind in this movie. In fact, it fits.Despite the lack of credibility, Van Dame standing on top of a speeding motorcycle as it heads towards an onrushing car, and later dodging all kinds of pretty neat weapons as he tries to help Yancy Butler, is just fun. John Wood-directed films tend to be ridiculously exaggerated and loud, so that's what you get. I am not a fan of many of his films, but I am of this one. It's pure macho madness with a Lance Henriksen doing what he does best: be an incredibly-nasty and brutal villain. An added bonus in here - a real hoot - is old man Wilfred Brimley as Van Damme's French uncle who comes to his nephew's aid.Add a great blues soundtrack and you have a great film to feed your male hormones with when needing to be fed some gratuitous violence.
Ok I watched this movie because I wanted a mindless fighting flick and it was , but I had to buy a copy when I realized it was a John Woo / Sam Raimi movie. John Woo always does good action and Sam Raimi is one of my favorite Director/Producers and his fingerprints are all over this film, with touches like cameos by Ted Raimi the Raimi-mobile. If you like Raimi films watch it.
John Woo and Van Damme make a pretty good team (by JohnnyPHreak)
Right here and now I'll say this is Van Damme best movie and he picked the right director for it. It an action adventure about a team of killers are who paid to hunt by rich people. The movie is not action filled as the video box may tell you. But it does have enough to make your mouth water. If you know John Woo than you know that his films spread out the action and put space of acting between them. The acting is not top notch but it is believable. But what makes this movie is the action sequences. They have remnants of Woo's other movies like Broken Arrow, Hard Boiled, The Killer <more>
and the final scene looks like it was plucked straight out of Face/Off. You have to see it to believe it. Van Damme does his normal tough guy not talking much thing but it is great to see him with two pistols in his hands. It's a 7 for total movie but gets a 10 for action. Action movie junkies will love Hard Target. John Woo and Van Damme makes for great action.