A bunch of bored rich people enjoys hunting and killing bums, but they will find a hard target when a tough sailor gets in their way.
For the money, helping one of the victims’ daughter, the man will find himself completely alone to investigate the murder.
In the total anarchy of a city oppressed by a police strike, the wealthy killers rule out of control, terrorizing the poor neighborhoods.
But when the lonely unemployed sailor gets too close to the truth, he will become the next prey to hunt together with the girl who hired him.
Hyperkinetic and exciting action movie full of fight sequences, shootings, and chases in John Woo‘s pure oriental style. Also, a good thriller with a story working cleverly and interestingly.
For his first American production, the brilliant Chinese director gets Jean-Claude Van Damme as the lead actor. The martial artist, famous for his splits and flying kicks, doesn’t disappoint his fans in this movie, full of wonderful fight’s choreography.
Lance Henriksen is the usual exceptional actor, here in the role of the villain. An evil and wise face as the leader of the hunters, procuring victims for their sick game.
Equally good, Arnold Vosloo as the most trusted soldier of the leader. Also an expert hunter and quickly becoming the worst archenemy and persecutor of the protagonist.
Finally, Yancy Butler is the beautiful damsel in distress. First afraid for her father who disappeared mysteriously and then on the run with the protagonist from the ruthless hunters.
John Woo directs an unstoppable action, full of exaggerated and funny scenes. However, an intelligent metaphor of the money’s power in killing the poorest it for pure pastime.
Hard Target is one of the funniest entertainment movies of the 90s, starting Hollywood’s career for the director. Subsequently, in fact, the author of other excellent actions such as Mission: Impossible II or Face/Off, before returning to China again.