John Woo and Chow Yun-fat are in Hollywood! That's what this movie feels like. It's got the same style and grime, but not as much of the blood, smoke and fire from before. Danny Trejo plays a small role, as does James Lew and Jimmy Ortega. Not a full-fledged A-movie cast, but not bad - they all have their place in movies like this.
In the shoot-outs it feels like a lot of shots don't hit even when they should, but apart from that the action is authentic. The story's that of a killer (that's Chow Yun) who grows a conscience and can't complete his one final job. His boss chases him down, but in the end... who's really the one getting chased? Along the way he decides to get a fake passport to flee the country and find his family, and Mira Sorvino gets mixed in as the secondary protagonist - I'm pretty sure I've seen her in some movies before...
The plot reminds of The Killer, which is also a John Woo movie starring Chow Yun-fat. I guess stories do tend to repeat themselves, or maybe this was intended as a Americanization of a movie from a long time past - with a better end. Either way it feels familiar.
It's really not that special an action movie, and looking back some of the things that seemed stylish and cool back then feel a bit cheesy now, but it works well with the in-movie atmosphere, and when it's all done: it's done. It lives by its name this movie, no more no less. Good watch.
rated 3/5: not bad