History Film / HardTarget

19th Oct '16 9:59:36 PM CornwindEvilman
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* MadeOfIron: Fouchon takes a shotgun blast dead center and gets up and keeps fighting, even briefly throwing down with Chance in hand to hand in the climax. He might have been wearing body armor, but if he was it's exceptionally well concealed.
* OffscreenTeleportation: A rare protagonist example. In the movie's final shootout, Chance is up on an upper catwalk, and then the camera cuts to him hitting a switch, and then he's suddenly on an old parade float overlooking the middle of the warehouse as he starts shooting. It's a fair distance away too, which suggests he couldn't have jumped to it without being seen, at the very least.


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* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Averted: Fouchon sticks an arrow through Nat's hair and twists it, holding onto the arrow to give him a proper dominant grip to keep her under control.
18th Oct '16 2:02:48 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ShootTheHostageTaker: Unusually subverted (See ShotgunsAreJustBetter).
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Subverted, in a rare [[TruthInTelevision nod to reality]]. While the shotguns used are the standard, super-powerful movie versions, Chance's shotgun is rendered useless by the HostageSituation at the film's end, due to the weapon's spread pattern.

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* ShootTheHostageTaker: Unusually subverted (See ShotgunsAreJustBetter).
ShortRangeShotgun).
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Subverted, in a rare [[TruthInTelevision nod to reality]]. While the shotguns used are the standard, super-powerful movie versions, ShortRangeShotgun: Chance's shotgun is rendered useless by the HostageSituation at the film's end, due to the weapon's spread pattern.pattern. In reality, Chance isn't nearly far enough away for the shotgun's spread to be a concern, but hey, points for trying.
4th Oct '16 1:30:59 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ReCut: There is a Director's Cut version only available on bootleg. It features more violence (In a JohnWoo movie, [[SarcasmMode what a shock]]), the ear-cutting scene is shown in more grisly detail, and the scene where Fouchon is playing the piano was originally intercut with scenes of animals hunting in Africa. Also, there's a scene of Chance and Natasha confronting their UST that according to scuttlebutt, was dropped when preview audiences complained that they didn't get to see Yancy Butler's tits. One of the ''good'' cuts from this is Fouchon's death. In the DC, his death scene is a lot more conventional and lame. As noted above in ExecutiveMeddling, Universal executives and Van Damme were critical of this cut.
23rd Sep '16 9:58:03 AM Mdumas43073
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The first film that JohnWoo made in Hollywood after leaving Hong Kong, '''''Hard Target''''' starts off with a homeless man fleeing attackers on motorcycles, before being shot down just before he escapes across a river. Cut to three weeks later, when Natasha Binder (played by Yancy Butler) is looking for her father deep in the heart of New Orleans. Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme... sorry, "Chance" Boudreaux, saves her from a gang. Natasha, after being told that the police won't be able to find her father, hires Chance to protect her as she investigates. Soon, the pair find out about a secret "hunting" ring, led by BigBad Emil Fouchon (Creator/LanceHenriksen) and ProfessionalKiller Pik Van Cleaf (Arnold Vosloo) and must turn the tables on the hunters.

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The first film that JohnWoo Creator/JohnWoo made in Hollywood after leaving Hong Kong, '''''Hard Target''''' ''Hard Target'' (1993) starts off with a homeless man fleeing attackers on motorcycles, before being shot down just before he escapes across a river. Cut to three weeks later, when Natasha Binder (played by Yancy Butler) is looking for her father deep in the heart of New Orleans. Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme... sorry, "Chance" Boudreaux, saves her from a gang. Natasha, after being told that the police won't be able to find her father, hires Chance to protect her as she investigates. Soon, the pair find out about a secret "hunting" ring, led by BigBad Emil Fouchon (Creator/LanceHenriksen) and ProfessionalKiller Pik Van Cleaf (Arnold Vosloo) and must turn the tables on the hunters.
9th Sep '16 2:09:55 PM contrafanxxx
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It received a DirectToVideo sequel in 2016 starring Creator/ScottAdkins.

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It received a DirectToVideo sequel in 2016 starring Creator/ScottAdkins.
Scott Adkins.
9th Sep '16 2:09:33 PM contrafanxxx
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It received a DirectToVideo sequel in 2016 starring Creator/ScottAdkins.
6th Aug '16 6:46:37 PM contrafanxxx
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* VillainOpeningScene: The first scene is Fouchon and Van Cleaf hunting down and killing homeless veteran Douglas Binder.
21st Jul '16 2:36:10 PM MovieFan2000
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* PragmaticVillainy: Fouchon furiously beats Randall for having choosen a man with a daughter for his hunting game - now that Natasha is looking for his father she'll eventualy find out the connection so that means he'll have more troubles to solve.
20th Jul '16 1:00:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* GhostCity: After the early scene where Chance is eating at the local diner, everyone in New Orleans who isn't integral to the plot seemingly vanishes, leaving (literally) no-one else around, even during broad daylight. The villains [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy use this to their advantage]], gunning down and killing people in the middle of the day.

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* GhostCity: After the early scene where Chance is eating at the local diner, everyone in New Orleans who isn't integral to the plot seemingly vanishes, leaving (literally) no-one else around, even during broad daylight. The villains [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy use this to their advantage]], advantage, gunning down and killing people in the middle of the day.
30th Nov '15 9:27:21 AM WackyPancake
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The movie is chock-full of John Woo's signature style, especially in the action scenes. Slo-mo, motorcycles exploding, and pigeons abound as Van Damme kicks and shoots dozens of {{mooks}}. All while sporting a mullet. And being aided by Creator/Wilford Brimley. Needless to say, there are some who consider it SoBadItsGood, completely awful, genuinely awesome, or somewhere in between all three.

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The movie is chock-full of John Woo's signature style, especially in the action scenes. Slo-mo, motorcycles exploding, and pigeons abound as Van Damme kicks and shoots dozens of {{mooks}}. All while sporting a mullet. And being aided by Creator/Wilford Brimley.Creator/WilfordBrimley. Needless to say, there are some who consider it SoBadItsGood, completely awful, genuinely awesome, or somewhere in between all three.
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