John Woo’s Silent Night is skipping cinemas in the UK and will instead premiere on Sky Cinema on Christmas Eve.
Though John Woo is one of the most revered action directors in history due to his astonishing ‘heroic bloodshed’ sequences in films like A Better Tomorrow, Hard Boiled and The Killer, his Hollywood filmography is an eclectic mix. There are huge hits like Mission: Impossible II and Face/Off, and underrated films like Hard Target and Broken Arrow. Then there’s Paycheck, which was reviled by audiences and critics, even if some people don’t mind if that much.
Silent Night, meanwhile, looks set to be a return to form, as a wordless protagonist goes on a mission of vengeance. We’ve been following the progress of the film for a while, and we’re excited to see it. It’s just we’re not going to be able to see it, after all, on a cinema screen.
The synopsis for Silent Night reads as follows:
From legendary director John Woo and the producer of John Wick comes this gritty revenge tale of a tormented father (Joel Kinnaman) who witnesses his young son die when caught in a gang’s crossfire on Christmas Eve. While recovering from a wound that costs him his voice, he makes vengeance his life’s mission and embarks on a punishing training regimen in order to avenge his son’s death. Full of Woo’s signature style, Silent Night redefines the action genre with visceral, thrill-a-minute storytelling.
The cast also includes Scott Mescudi, and John Woo – who, by-the-by, loves Hell Or High Water, currently on Netflix UK – directed the film from a screenplay by Robert Archer Lynn.
In the UK, it’s now been confirmed that Silent Night will premiere on Sky Cinema on Christmas Eve. If nothing else, Silent Night would make the perfect December double bill with last year’s Violent Night for action aficionados.
Watch the trailer below…