Surprise, surprise, John Woo’s latest is very John Woo. MANHUNT’s action may take a while to really ramp up, but once it does you’ve got more people flying through the air, sliding along surfaces and rapidly expending and replacing guns than you know what to do with. You also get big, melodramatic acting, really pretty visuals and paper-thin female characters (never Woo’s strong suit, but at least there are some I guess?). The internationally released version on Netflix also bizarrely subtitles everything whether characters are speaking Mandarin, Japanese or English, which is distracting to say the least. The plot – a corporate lawyer (Hanyu Zhang) framed for murder teams up with a cop (Masaharu Fukuyama) to take down an evil pharmaceuticals company that’s making supersoldiers – is absolute hokum – but it’s still a rip-roaringly silly good time. It might not be high art, but Woo is still just about the best he is at what he does. SSP
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