Bullet in the Head (Woo, 1990)

Bullet in the Head lacks a coherent story structure and Woo blatantly relies on his patented visual tricks to impress and hide the multitude of sloppy transitions and gaps in plot. The film suffers greatly because it is far too long for the material being shown, and if you’ve seen his better work it feels doubly disappointing because of the absence of Chow Yun Fat. There’s a brutal sequence during the middle in a Vietcong POW Camp that creates many dire moments of character conflict, something the rest of the film lacks greatly. This is John Woo’s war film, but it comes across as a series of junctures sparring between a dedicated political goal and stupid gun play, never fulfilling the promise of this director being given full reign and a huge budget.

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