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Broken Arrow (1996)

Director:
John Woo
COUNTRY
USA
Genre
Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Broken Arrow
RUNNING TIME
110 minutes
Producers:
Mark Gordon
Bill Badalato
Terence Chang
Screenwriter:
Graham Yost


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Vic Deakins John Travolta
Riley Hale Christian Slater
Terry Carmichael Samantha Mathis
Colonel Wilkins Delroy Lindo
Pritchett Bob Gunton
Giles Prentice Frank Whaley
Secretary of Defense Baird Kurtwood Smith

 

Review

John Travolta capitalized on his newfound coolness, and John Woo took his overblown action style into big-budget territory. The result was another box-office hit for both of them, but with the charm of novelty well gone, Broken Arrow now looks and plays like the second-rate, cliched action-film it is behind all the extravaganza. Woo's stylistic trickery, which had made his darker films more gritty, comes off as little more than goofy in the midst of this film's big-budget explosions and stereotypical American bureaucratic power struggles. And when screenwriter Graham Yost isn't able to come up with the clever ideas he did in Speed, Travolta and his adversary Christian Slater are left to their own devices amidst Woo's ineffective antics. Much like the script, the tension between them never transcends the superficial.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 25.10.2016 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review:
Copyright 17.4.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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