Silent Night | Trailer released for John Woo’s first Hollywood film in two decades

Silent Night
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Silent Night sees iconic action director John Woo return to Hollywood after two decades, here’s the trailer.

John Woo first carved a career in Hong Kong cinema, including an early collaboration with Jackie Chan in 1976 with kung fu film Hand Of Death, before making his mark in the 1980s with A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Hard Boiled, which are considered action cinema classics and are often ranked among the best ever made, with emphasis on gunplay and Woo’s use of slow motion (and doves).

He quickly made the move to Hollywood, where he made the likes of Broken Arrow, Hard Target, Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II, Windtalkers and his most recent English language film, 2003’s Paycheck. 

Silent Night is ostensibly Woo’s return to English language films, except it technically isn’t – the premise is that the main character gets shot in the throat at the start and so thus the film plays out without any dialogue.

Joel Kinnaman plays the central character, who proceeds to exact bloody revenge on the gang who murdered his son on Christmas Eve. It looks like a splendid piece of festive fare, just not necessarily one for all the family.

The cast also includes Scott Mescudi, incidentally. Woo directed the film from a screenplay by Robert Archer Lynn.

Silent Night will be released on the 1st December, and who knows? We could be looking at the start of a new Yuletide tradition, on hard rotation with the likes of the The Muppet Christmas CarolDie Hard and half of the Hallmark channel.

For now, while we wait for the movie itself? Here’s the trailer…

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