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Old May 23 2012, 06:17 PM   #622
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

70. Bullet in the Head (B-)

Bullet in the Head: John Woo's (sort of) Vietnam film is rarely screened, and isn't available on home video in this longer version, and that's a shame. It's not brilliant (the early reels are a muddled mess of clashing styles and tones; as the film progresses the actors, camerawork, and editing seems to be shouting further and further to the rafters), but it is rather interesting. Essentially, it's a John Woo gangster film that goes through Apocalypse Now and ends up in The Deer Hunter, and it's as odd and fascinating as that sounds. In one scene, the three main characters stumble across a recreation of the famous photograph, "Rough Justice on a Saigon Street." In another, they face off against hoards of gangsters, and defeat them armed with, among other things, explosive cigars. John Woo wants to do so much with this film, and he can't quite accomplish any of it, but it's fun to watch him try.

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