Forced Films 2019 – #5 – Greg’s 1st Pick – Hard Boiled (1992)


This is the 5th of 10 films that I was “forced” to watch by my fellow bloggers who participated in my 4800th review Contest last December.  This movie was the 1st of 2 films chosen by Greg T. Paradise.

Tnx for the suggestion.  Let’s see what I thought of it….

“Give a guy a gun, he thinks he’s Superman. Give him two and he thinks he’s God. ” – Superintendent Pang

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A cop and an undercover agent must work together to stop a mobster.

My Take on it – As someone who normally isn’t a fan of foreign films, I didn’t know what to expect from a Hong Kong action film.

Thankfully, I actually enjoyed it a lot because they find a way to keep things quite suspenseful the whole time due to the various twists and turns along the way that help keep things intriguing.

The characters aren’t developed well enough which hurts the film a bit since it makes us care less about what will happen to the characters as things move forward.

The best scene in the film is the one with the baby since it remains quite exciting throughout and works to keep the level of suspense quite high.

Bottom Line – Enjoyable Hong Kong based action film that is filled with some nice twists and turns along the way to keep things interesting.  None of the characters are developed well enough and that hurts the film a bit since we don’t care very much what happens to the character. The scene with the baby is the most exciting scene and works really well at making us feel the suspense of the story throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Using the shotgun in the rose box was an original idea in both this film and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). It is a coincidence that they both came up with it at the same time. Its appearance in this film is not a reference to or a copy of “Terminator 2”. It was used in two influential earlier films: Dog Day Afternoon (1975) when Al Pacino’s character brings a rifle into the bank, and before that in Stanley Kubrick’s film noir classic The Killing (1956), when the gang smuggles their heist gun into the track locker room hidden in a box of roses.(From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Forced Films 2019 – #5 – Greg’s 1st Pick – Hard Boiled (1992)

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