Saturday, January 26, 2013

COLD STEEL (2012) movie review

Cold Steel (2012) (1st viewing) d. Wu, David (Hong Kong)

When young mountain town hunter Peter Ho insults officers of the Chinese Nationalist Army, he is arrested. But when their caravan is waylaid by Japanese soldiers, Ho utilizes his preternatural sharpshooting skills to fend off the attack and is subsequently inducted into the armed forces as a member of an elite squad of snipers. The action sequences are masterfully handled by director Wu, longtime editor of John Woo’s most renowned Hong Kong efforts, though much of the pseudo-poetic dialogue comes off clumsy and melodramatic. When no one is talking, however, it’s a wingding, bullet-meets-brains good time.

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