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A review by MovieGuys

Written by MovieGuys on December 22, 2023

This is a rather surprising film from Hong Kong director John Woo.

Known for up beat, fast paced, gritty action films, Silent Night is a rather sombre, departure from what fans, like myself, have come to expect.

The back story is rather sad and I feel this film dwells on this aspect to the point of "almost" becoming obsessively morose. I appreciate the key characters motivation is based on a tragic event but constantly re-visiting this aspect of the back story, tends to drag the film down emotionally, throwing bucket after bucket of cold water, on what is supposed to be an action romp.... read the rest.

A review by BornKnight

Written by BornKnight on December 22, 2023

First movie of John Woo in Hollywood since Paycheck in 2003 (that was an average movie).

This movie is almost all based on the expression of the protagonist and secondary characters, even being previsible and a bit melodramatic (but the melodrama is dispersed thorough the movie), without any line whatsoever is something to be praised and offstream.

A father suffers the sudden loss of his son in a gangs shootout in a fictional city on Texas, and barely surviving trying to catch the killers - no explanation why he have those skills in the start of the story and in the end being all movie a... read the rest.

A review by Chandler Danier

Written by Chandler Danier on December 28, 2023

It's a Woo film. Very predictable. Somewhat stale but still got the double guns. Real good double guns mr Detective. I think that was the highlight of the film. No way that guy was listening to that music and dancing like that. I didn't really watch the first hour, honestly. It's all pretty background quality.

A review by MarciaClarke

Written by MarciaClarke on December 30, 2023

Best part was watching Kinnaman running down the street slow mo with the nose on his rudolph sweater bobbing up and down. Also when he's in his sloppy grey sweatpants working out. Pretty good. I was ok with the over the top slo mo drama action, I get that's the style, but where this movie lost me was in not setting up a remotely believable motivation for daddy becoming an overnight serial killer. The motivation of all the baddies is also non-existent. The first thing that really irritated me was that when he gets home after months of rehab and he's a clearly mentally damaged traumatized person,... read the rest.

A review by pimpskitters

Written by pimpskitters on December 31, 2023

There are some nice shots in this movie, gun range peephole was fun, and some decent car chases and good action direction from time to time. Last third really stank. Some pretty awful color saturation throughout and crappy cgi brought it down too. Gimmick of no talking was cute enough i guess, but confusing. If DiCaprio can grunt his way into an oscar then I don't see why Kinnaman cant.

A review by hamfaceman

Written by hamfaceman on January 2, 2024

This movie was pretty dumb, sometimes cool and had a few good laughs, which may or may not have been intentional. The multiple quick zoom shots on the mother's eyes in the hospital were so odd and about three too many. Tear drop transition into a bullet falling, very cool. Really enjoyed Kinnaman target shooting the hole for his face to peak through. The gang member clutching onto the top of Kinnaman's sick Mustang after being crushed and shot and then slowly sliding down the windshield with a comical blood smear sound, hilarious. Kinnaman barfs right after that and his barf looks super gross,... read the rest.

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