John Woo's classic one of his best 90's action films till it's date! (by ivo-cobra8)
Broken Arrow 1996 is one of my favorite John Woo best US action films alongside Hard Target which is my first John Woo favorite film, Broken Arrow is my third personal favorite John Woo action film that I love to death! Hard Target was his first American movie, this is his second American movie, which I think is incredible classic action thriller from the 90's I have ever saw. It is going to be 20. years since this movie come out and i still love it today more than any other movie.I love John Travolta in this movie which I think he did one of his best acting performances of his life. He <more>
acted convincing as the main villain Deakins in this movie. Broken Arrow has a great score, great actors and different style of terrorists, who stole nuclear warheads, but didn't took over some plant or building or plane or train etc.. It is completely different action movie. Christian Slater was awesome as the main hero. I love this movie and it is never too long or boring unlike Face/Off. In my honest opinion the movie to me is compared to Die Hard and it is one of John Woo's best underrated action movies but that is just my opinion. It is a die hard movie in a desert heat much a like as Stallone's Cliffhanger. But with very different story and it is a stand alone movie which I love that. John Woo never liked making sequels so A Better Tomorrow II 1987 was his last sequel he made, so I am glad this movie doesn't have any sequels, remakes or reboot. In my opinion the 80's had a lot of better action movies, but the 90's had a very cool action movies too. I still love Die Hard With A Vengeance to death and still love other action movies that were made in 90's. I love Broken Arrow to death! It is my favorite John Woo movie! This is a great film recently and it is a cool action movie. It's got action, excitement and interesting characters and Legendary music. I love this film. Christian Slater as the Good guy, the Hero was cool and John Travolta was an intriguing character and hilarious, damn what a rush. The action in here is amazing. Fun action, good acting, quick pace, and entertaining. The final sequence on the train has some quality explosions and even has bad guys killed by helicopter blades. The best thing about this movie though is John Travolta who hams it up beautifully; he is having an absolute blast as Vic Deakins, former US Air Force pilot turned terrorist loon. He also has one of the most over the top and awesome bad guy deaths of all time. I have always enjoyed this movie, I never felt bored I love the action sequences on the train when Hale Christian Slater uses one of his martial arts to defeat Deakins John Travolta was spectacular he deactivate the nuclear device and kills Deakins it was outstanding. Hans Zimmer theme for Deakins ripped off movie Scream 2 for Dewey David Arquette theme. Hans Zimmer provides one of his greatest scores to this movie with some nice twanging guitar from Duane Eddie. I love how any time Travolta is on screen he has this hilarious guitar theme tune which is cool, but hilarious funny at the same time. Broken Arrow has Woo's trademark slow motion and double gun-play galore. I believe there is the odd pigeon thrown in for good measure too. Not entirely sure Samantha Mathis was all that great as the female love interest, but it is cool to have a Pump up the Volume reunion 1990 . Which I never watched that movie before I am glad they both of the actors Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis worked together once more again.Broken Arrow has plenty of flaws but for sheer explosive entertainment you could do a lot worse. I love the movie and could watch it on repeat. The music is also totally epic. This movie get's is a perfect 10 by me. Last Year it was hardly for my supplier of Blu-ray's to get me this movie on Blu-ray I actually have this film in Blu-ray collection this one and Stallone's Cop Land was so hard to find. I have them both on Blu-ray discs.
Wow! What a brilliant action movies this is! John Travolta as a bad guy is just priceless! The movie got me gripped right from the start and I couldn't lay my eyes of the TV. Although not much fan of Slater, this was one hell of a ride. Travolta's acting is just brilliant and the ending is even better, just because of a one facial expression Travolta does!! Don't believe me? Watch it. Must see for John Travolta fan's and must see for any action movie fans. Brilliant film and brilliant story... If for no other reason, the excitement on John Travolta's face when he says <more>
"I said god damn what a rush!" Overall 10/10 for this brilliant movie.
If John Travolta never did Pulp Fiction, we wouldn't have such greats as this action masterpiece. I have to thank John Woo for directing this movies, because it has just blow me away. Travolta as a bad guy is just the best thing that could have happen in this movie. He played his role perfectly and I cant picture as a good in this film. This action flick has every thing you want: Explosions, Guns, boxing, Jets, bombs, it has everything basically. The intro is brilliant and the ending is brilliant, just because of John Travolta. You can tell straight away that John Travolta could get his <more>
arm chopped of and he wouldn't give a too much f**** and he would probably say its a good thing it happened. Basically what I am trying to say, is his character is cocky and doesn't take any crap from anyone. I just love this film. 10/10 any day.
After "Terminator 2" this is one of the best directed action thrillers I have seen and it finds for ever a place in my best of DVD collection. There are two masters for action movies for me: John Woo and James Cameron. The stunts were great and all very real executed. I mean there doesn't exist any cartoonish scenes as we see today in the cinema at times. John Travolta did perhaps after "Face Off" one of the best jobs in his career. If you liked it I highly recommend the other broken arrow film called "The Sum of All Fears". "Broken Arrow" is <more>
incredibly underrated and should be classified as T2. For all action fans a must see, you won´t be disappointed.My wife and I vote 9.5/10.
John Woo hones his craft here in America (by twolanebl)
John Woo, after his many Hong Kong efforts, came to America and made Hard Target 1993 , which due to studio interference and bad taking of direction by Jean Claude Van Damme, wasn't as good as it could have been. Woo got a bad reputation due to his conflicts with both the MPAA and Universal, and it took him awhile to get this one off of the ground. Woo had never worked with special effects, so he was treading into new territory. Luckily, he got two great leads, Christian Slater soon to be in Windtalkers , and John Travolta Face/Off . They take his direction well, and each gives a good <more>
performance. As the traditional villain's henchman, which I like to call Indestructable Villain Sidekick, Howie Long gives a good performance, and dies a good death too. I never appreciated this movie that much until watching it tonight, and I realized, this is probably the most action-packed movie in a long time. It takes only about 6 minutes to get going, and then, boom! boom! boom! Action sequence after the other, no let-down in between. This movie has plently of shootouts, explosions, and great innovative twists kicking the rear blade of a helicopter to knock a gun out of one's hand to make a action movie good. John Woo's cinematography, the great shared moments the 20 dollar bill and whatnot are what makes this one a great action movie. Another thing that makes this flick great is that it gave Woo the power to get Face/Off, his best Hollywood outing, the greenlight. I'm looking forward to Windtalkers and love all of Woo's movies.9 outta 10.
This is the film which proved John Woo's adaptability to Hollywood. Broken Arrow goes for the simple plot, while keeping to Woo's running themes of brotherhood, and the hate/love homosocial relationships between men. And guns, obviously. Throw in the feisty, beautiful, and highly talented Samantha Mathis and we have a winner. For Woo fans, there isn't much you haven't seen before, except now we have a bigger budget and household names.Where this stands out from other Woo films is in its length and script. It is short, with fewer breaks in action and moments of reflection than <more>
in his other movies, and the script, while simple, is accessible to all and full of great dialogue. No-one does cool like Christain Slater and John Woo, though i haven't seen Windtalkers yet. The action is the main draw here, and it is some of the best produced by Hollywood in the nineties, moving from air to land to sea via various explodable vehicles with fluidity. Cue lots of slow motion glances, balletic gunplay, and massive explosions. Travolta and Slater have a pretty good chemistry, as do Slater and Mathis. If you want classy action, give this a look. 8 out of 10
Usually I'm the first person to label this sort of movie. Look at it, you'd think it was bad. It's got the usual assortment of action movie clichés and conventions. The John Woo directed action scenes stretch over the top at times, there's the mentally unstable talkative nemesis and yes even one of those bombs that graces us with a digital readout. All prerequisites for movies of this type and saying all that I'd usually be complaining by now. Yet for one reason I can't. This movie entertained me. It finds a way to come together in a really enjoyably manner and <more>
I'm happy with what I got. I can't bad mouth it.Nothing got in my way of everlasting enjoyment of seeing people die, bombs going off and the baritone guitar instrumental. It just all clicks from the get-go. If your reading this you don't need me to recycle the plot summary. It's of a trivial nature. Good action, decent cast and a fun atmosphere go a long way with Travolta ultimately holding it all together. He plays his role over-the-top and delivers some fantastic lines. It doesn't hurt that him and Slater tango well neither. If Travolta attempted this movie now instead of when he did - it wouldn't work. He's done too many goody-goody roles to come back down to this. Laws of nature will not allow him to make another good movie where he plays a bad guy. Chances are anyone else than Travolta in Broken Arrow and you'd be reading a completely different review right now too. A guilty pleasure if there ever was one.
If you want an action film in which the hero has a personality, and the bad guy has an even better personality, take a look at Broken Arrow. John Woo's choreographed action is not as dramatic as the Matrix-clone films that are so common today. He is great at creating interesting relationships between heroes and villains, and this film is a good example.John Travolta is terrific. Christian Slater breaks typecast by playing a nice, sane soldier doing his duty. The love interest isn't an idiotic supermodel playing a nuclear scientist or something, but a park ranger, also doing her duty. <more>
She is cute, earthy, and actually believable.If you want a film that will repeat every aspect of every other military adventure film you have ever seen, you will be disappointed. If dialog bores you, skip this film. If you like action movies filmed entirely in parking garages and spooky allies, then you will not appreciate the settings in this film in America's majestic West.
exhilarating action from John Woo (by disdressed12)
a madman has stolen two nuclear warheads and threatens to detonate them over a populated area if his demand for money is not met.that's the gist of the story.it stars John Travolta,Christian Slater,Samantha Mathis and Delroy Lindo,to name a few.it's a pulse pounding thriller from John Woo mission Impossible 2 .there's obviously a lot of action,and suspense,and the movie goes right down to the wire.John Travolta is good,as is Christian Slater,but i really liked Samantha Mathis,who i feel is and underrated actress.the action scenes are are exhilarating,though admittedly over the <more>
top.but for thrills,you can't beat it.for me,Broken Arrow is an 8/10