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article imageJohn Woo's Blast action hero

By Aaron Robson     Feb 19, 2007 in Technology
John Woo's explosive Stranglehold blows up everything
Words: GamesRadar
Hollywood action hero Chow Yun-Fat is behind a pillar, face grim, eyes narrowed and hands gripping dual Beretta pistols. As moonlight bathes the museum, gloomily illuminating the looming dinosaur skeleton above, we hear the muffle of incoming footsteps. Hopelessly outnumbered, desperately low on health, we swing into the open and - in a few violent stabs of PS3’s Sixaxis pad - erupt into a spiraling slow-motion weave of bullets and trace-lines, spinning and firing with impossible accuracy in all directions at once. Our enemies collapse to the floor theatrically like an elaborate puppet display. A brief orchestral flourish blows upon the air. A set of doves flutter upwards…
Sounds a bit over the top, right? Well, it would if you didn’t know that the man behind the action was John Woo, master of excessive Hong Kong action. His films - both in the East and, more recently, in Hollywood - have redefined on-screen violence with super-stylized gunplay and iconic posturing. Well that and doves - nothing marks out a director who takes violence seriously more than the ritualistic release of doves after a killing spree. And none of Woo’s films typifies these elements more than Hard-Boiled, the 1992 flick starring Chow Yun-Fat as the indestructible Inspector Tequila, waging a bloody war against the Triads. Now, overseen by Woo and with Yun-Fat reprising his role, Stranglehold’s bringing Tequila back on PS3, with a storyline that sees the Triads kidnap the hard-bitten Inspector’s ex-wife and daughter. Bad move, Triads…
First thing I just want to say is that the graphics look absalutely amazing. Second thing I want to say is that the main character looks nothing like Chow yun-fat. And I mean nothing like him, first off the main character looks younger, cooler, and thinner, and the real Chow looks not so younger, a little bigger, and sort of grumpy, but hey, he grew up being overshadowed by Jackie Chan so who can blame him.
But enough about the rant of the story's main character. I think that this is kind of neat because it is a spin of from a movie, with a whole new story line, but same characters. You can say that the franchise is just trying to freshen up a bit.
The graphics like I said before look amazing, but what is going on looks like a little to much. What I am trying to say that John Woo has made the action look a little to dramatic. Doves? Since when do doves live inside of the dinosaur section at the museum. But other than that, the bullets flying by and the guys line dropping from the ceiling is ok to me.
So, altogether you have a guy who doesn't look like Cow Yun-Fat, doves in the dinosaur section, and intense gun fight along side of a set of amazing graphics. Sounds alright to me.
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