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|The Replacement Killers: Original Motion Picture Score|
|Film score by |
|1.||John s Theme||2:43|
|4.||He Means Business||3:16|
|5.||Kill or Be Replaced||2:18|
|6.||We Have Visitors...||2:11|
|9.||John Traps His Man||3:47|
|10.||Race Against Time||3:04|
|11.||The Heavies Arrive||2:53|
In addition to the film score by Harry Gregson-Williams, several modern songs by cutting-edge artists were included on the soundtrack (although never officially released as a cd) including:
- Keep Hope Alive by The Crystal Method
- Jaan by Talvin Singh featuring Amar
- Makes Me Wanna Die (The Weekend Mix) by Tricky
- Rocco by Death In Vegas (album: Dead Elvis)
- Boom Boom Caw by Brad
- 33 by Hed PE
- Escape From The City Of Angels by Ithaka (featuring Marta Dias) / Album: Flowers And The Color Of Paint)
The Replacement Killers premiered in cinemas on February 6, 1998 in wide release throughout the US, and had a five-week theatrical run.
Following its cinematic release in theaters, The Replacement Killers was released on DVD and VHS by Columbia TriStar Home Video in the United States on July 1, 1998. Special features for the DVD include scene selections and the featurette specials; Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood along wth an edited HBO special: Where the Action is . A VHS format edition was released on March 30, 1999.
On March 5, 2002, a Special Edition DVD was released. Features include: digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; widescreen presentation; audio in English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), Spanish, French, Portuguese; subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; director s commentary; HBO making-of, Where the Action Is; deleted scenes; alternate ending; exclusive featurette, Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood; theatrical trailers; filmographies; animated menus; and scene selections with motion images.
A UMD version of the film for the Sony PlayStation Portable was released on August 9, 2005. The disc features DVD quality picture; languages in Chinese, English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai, with viewing options for color and black and white.
An extended-cut DVD adding approximately 10 minutes to the film was released on April 25, 2006. Special features include: Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood; digitally remastered picture and sound; and an edited HBO special, Where the Action Is.
The widescreen hi-definition Blu-ray version of the film was released on September 11, 2007. Special features include: The Making of the Replacement Killers: Where the Action Is and the exclusive featurette, Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood. A supplemental viewing option for the film in the media format of Video on demand is available as well.
During its February 6, 1998 US opening weekend, the film ranked second place, grossing $8,046,553 at 1,936 locations. The film Titanic came in first place during that weekend grossing $23,027,838. Its revenue dropped by 49% in its second week of release, earning $4,068,335. For that particular weekend, the film fell to sixth place still screening in 1,936 theaters. Titanic remained in first place grossing $28,167,947 in box office revenue. During its final week in release, The Replacement Killers opened in a distant 21st place with $131,727 in revenue. The film went on to top out domestically at $19,204,929 in total ticket sales through a 5-week theatrical run. For 1998 as a whole, the film would cumulatively rank at a box office performance position of 90. Worldwide, the film grossed $39.5 million in all territories.
Rotten Tomatoes reports that 37% of 38 sampled critics gave the film a positive review; the average score is 5.3 out of 10. The consensus summarizes: Chow Yun-fat makes his dubious English-language debut in The Replacement Killers, a stylish but muddled knockoff of the Hong Kong shoot-em-ups that earned the star his international renown. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average out of 100 to critics reviews, the film received a score of 42 based on 22 reviews, which it classifies as mixed or average reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B− on an A+ to F scale.
Among some of the positive critiques, Roger Ebert writing in the Chicago Sun-Times called it as abstract as a jazz instrumental, and as cool and self-assured. Discussing the film s style, he remarked that it was a high-gloss version of a Hong Kong action picture, made in America but observing the exuberance of a genre where surfaces are everything. In Variety, Leonard Klady viewed the film as being a big, loud music video that s not particularly interested in content. It s a rudderless style piece; as the old saw cautions, accept no substitutes. Regarding the film s set design and production qualities, he noted that, while an apt homage, the set pieces here are technical but not visceral, feeling manufactured rather than organically integrated into the plot.
Russell Smith of The Austin Chronicle said the film was so numbingly ritualistic that even the well-choreographed gun battles, probably the most Woo-like aspects of the film, lose much of their potential impact. Writing for The New York Times, Stephen Holden noted that although the film s seamless fusion of Hong Kong action-adventure style and cool, Los Angeles street chic has a certain seductive charm, it is the only charm of a movie that is otherwise devoid of content. Edward Guthmann in the San Francisco Chronicle said that As pointless blast-athons go, The Replacement Killers isn t bad. It s beautifully shot by first-time feature director Antoine Fuqua, whose eye for sensual surfaces, deft camera moves and elegant framing was refined with commercials and music videos.
Desson Thomson of The Washington Post stated that Without Chow Yun-Fat, who makes his American screen debut here, there d be nothing to say about The Replacement Killers. Antoine Fuqua s action movie is entirely free of surprise. It breaks no rules. He did however muse that Chow s pretty face and cool presence are inescapable. You don t enjoy this movie, so much as you conduct a road test for the Hong Kong actor. Yes, he can survive in an English language picture! In The San Francisco Examiner, Walter Addiego perceived that the film remains a counterfeit of a Woo movie, even though Woo himself co-produced it. He turned the directing chores over to first-timer Antoine Fuqua, whose previous work was limited to music videos and commercials, and it shows. He added, The script, by Ken Sanzel, is the work of someone who s seen Woo s movies and wasn t particularly moved by the experience.
The cast and crew thoughts on the movie
In retrospect, Antoine Fuqua said: The Replacement Killers was a good and bad experience. It was great because Chow Yun-Fat is the coolest guy in the world. He was just beautiful. Mira Sorvino was cool. It was fun working with Mira. But the difficult thing was learning the studio system, learning all the things that go along with that system. There are a lot of people that have a lot of say, especially when you re that young in the studio world. You learn that it is a business. I think for me, what I learned was I still love making movies, and I know what I don t want to do. The thing that I learned the most out of that movie was what I don t want to do.
Ken Sanzel, who wrote the movie, said: The script bears very little resemblance to anything I would have written; only the bare bones of the plot really survived. I think that Chow Yun-Fat was incredible, but for me the movie was a series of otherwise bad decisions. I’m glad that people enjoy it, but it was really Antoine Fuqua’s sensibility top to bottom, which is not at all mine (aside from the fact that we both love the work of Michael Mann, though apparently for very different reasons).
Mira Sorvino said: I loved working with Antoine, and it was fun to do an action movie. It was kind of like being a kid and playing cowboys and Indians, or cops and robbers. And I enjoyed the role of Meg. I thought she was fun to do.
Bernie Brillstein, Brad Grey, Christopher Godsick, John Woo, Ken Sanzel, Matthew Baer, Michael McDonnell
Awards, 1 nomination
Chow Yun-Fat, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker
Matthew Baer, Bernie Brillstein, Terence Chang, Christopher Godsick, Brad Grey, Michael McDonnell, John Woo
Peter Lyons Collister
Katalin Elek, Zoltan Elek, Ermahn Ospina, Collier Strong, Mark Landon, Ani Plotkin-Maloney
Les Banda, Maria Battle-Campbell, Christopher T. Gerrity, Allan Graf, Jeff Okabayashi, Daniel Orozco, Jeffrey Wetzel
Maike Both, Lynn A. Johanson, Audrey A. Johnson, Kent H. Johnson, Kim Larsen-Santini, Jefferson Murff, Jim Ondrejko, Grant Sawyer, Clare Scarpulla, Jason Bartolone, Susan A. Burig, Daragh Byrne, James Carson, Scott Edward Collins, Serge Genitempo, Thierry Labbe, Natalie Richards, Brett V. Shirley, Kurt Verbaarschott, Jim Wallis, Ron Yates
Douglas B. Arnold, Christopher Assells, Karen Baker Landers, Bob Beher, Steve Birkett, Todd Egan, Nerses Gezalyan, Mark Gordon, Per Hallberg, Gary A. Hecker, Dan Hegeman, Doug Hemphill, Steve Jablonsky, Craig S. Jaeger, Drake Jenevein, Dennis Johnson, Constance A. Kazmer, Mark R. La Pointe, Dean G. Manly, Jennifer L. Mann, Paul Massey, Joseph A. Mayer, Philip D. Morrill, Matt Patterson, Gregg Silk, Lauren Stephens, Peter Michael Sullivan, Jeffrey Wilhoit, Scott Wolf, Jessy Bender, Bob Bowman, Larry Hopkins, Scott Shadden
Steven D. Jensen, Joe D. Ramsey
Ivy Agregan, Clint Colver, Carole Cowley, John Decker, Layne Friedman, Brian Keeney, Hal Miles, Kelley Ray, Sam Richards, Serge Sretschinsky, Michelle Steinau, Jason Dost, Harrison Gibbs, Anthony Harris, J.W. Kompare, Vincent Lavares, Paul McGhee, Mindy Minkow, Michael S. Pryor, Doug Yoshida
Michael Adams, Sandy Berumen, Jill Brown, Alisa Christensen, Mark De Alessandro, Donna Evans, Mickey Giacomazzi, Tanner Gill, Al Goto, Allan Graf, Randall Huber, Brian Imada, Jeff Imada, Keii Johnston, Mike Kelly, Henry Kingi, John Koyama, Al Leong, A. Michael Lerner, Clint Lilley, Danny Lopez, Bob Minor, Tom Morga, Larry Nicholas, Hugh Aodh O Brien, Carrick O Quinn, Dan Plum, Dennis Scott, Webster Whinery, Tsuyoshi Abe, Jennifer Badger, Jay Caputo, Clay Donahue Fontenot, Marian Green, Gary Guercio, Toby Holguin, Steven Ito, Dennis Keiffer, Sidney S. Liufau, Kent W. Luttrell, Michael Owen, Carl Paoli, Peewee Piemonte, Shelby Swatek, Mitch Toles, Eddie L. Watkins, Lee Whittaker, Scott Workman, Harry Wowchuk
Stuart Abramson, Lloyd Ahern II, Steve Alessi, Guy Norman Bee, Carl Boles, Mark Broneau, Ron Cardarelli, Michael Cassidy, Don Davidson, Darrin DeLoach, Mark W. Elias, Shane D. Kelly, Mark La Bonge, Frank Masi, Peter Mercurio, Sean J. O Shea, Thomas J. Ruffner, Adam Richard Sklena, Todd Slyapich, Jorge Sánchez, John Trapman, Poly Veitzer, Marc Abramson, Mike Bonnaud, Michael B. Corbett, Scott Crabbe, Donald D. Davidson, Valeska Difrieri, David G. George, Jay M. Huntoon, Luis Moreno, Juan Morse, Michael J. Schwartz
Mindy Johnson, Lee A. Miles, Vanessa Portillo
Wendy M. Craig, Joe McCloskey, Larry Velasco, Roberta Bilé, Amanda Friedland
Terry Claborn, Richard Conkling, Peggy Davis, Mo Henry, Andrew Loschin, Edgar Pablos, Howard Davis, Dale Jones, Eric Rigney
Jim Morris, Billy Smith
Alan Meyerson, Ralph Sall, Richard Whitfield, Ithaka Darin Pappas, Martin Tillman
Carline Davis-Dyer, Sherry Gallarneau
Rich Bennetti, Jon Carpenter, Shane Greedy, J. Armin Garza II, Brita McCollough, Brenda Ryan
Suzo Barzman, Alexandra Close, Emily Cummins, Patricia L. DeShields, Richard Di Sabatino, Judy Dickerson, Susan Ehrhart, David Gene Gibbs, Ramiro Adan Gomez, Jennifer S. Gottlieb, Mick Gould, Paul Guyot, Justine Hebron, Stephanie Higgins Frey, Kent H. Johnson, Kristen Kurczak, Dawn Lambertsen-Kelly, Rodger LaRue, Kris Fullan Martinez, Hoppy Munz Jr., Claire Raskind, Curt Bergman, Louis Farah, Peter Hansen, Dominique Jaramillo, Robert Lamkin, Michelene Mundo, Jeffrey D. Stevens, Lori Tilkin, James P. Warren, Debi West, John Woo
Richard Francis-Bruce, Debra Hill
Action, Crime, Thriller
Columbia Pictures, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, WCG Entertainment Productions
The Replacement Killers is a 1998 American action film directed by Antoine Fuqua in his feature film directorial debut, and starring Chow Yun-fat (his international film debut), Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker and Kenneth Tsang. The film was released in the United States on February 6, 1998. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Ken Sanzel. Veteran action director John Woo co-produced and choreographed the action sequences. The film is set in modern-day Los Angeles and follows an emotionally disillusioned assassin who is forced to settle a violent vendetta for a ruthless crime boss. The film marks the American acting debut for Chow, as his previous film credits included Hong Kong action cinema only.
The film was a co-production between the motion picture studios of Columbia Pictures, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, and WCG Entertainment Productions. The Replacement Killers explores assassination, violence and the influence of triads in modern society. The film score was orchestrated by Harry Gregson-Williams; the soundtrack was released by the Varèse Sarabande music label on March 10, 1998.
The Replacement Killers premiered in theaters nationwide in the United States on February 6, 1998, grossing $19.2 million in US ticket receipts and $39.5 million worldwide from a $30 million budget. The film was screened at 1,936 theaters during its widest release in cinemas. It has a 38% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a consensus of mixed reviews on Metacritic. The widescreen DVD edition of the film featured scene selections, a featurette, and interviews among other highlights, and was released in the United States on July 1, 1998.