History Film / HardTarget

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.
30th Nov '15 9:27:10 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 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 Wilford Creator/Wilford Brimley. Needless to say, there are some who consider it SoBadItsGood, completely awful, genuinely awesome, or somewhere in between all three.
27th Apr '15 5:42:42 AM JakeRock
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* AdrenalineTime: Heavily Invoked, even for a John Woo film. Pretty much ''every'' action shot (and many a non-action shot) in the film is either: [[{{Overcrank}} Shot in slow-motion]]; followed up by a slow-motion replay; [[RepeatCut followed up by a snap replay from multiple different angles]], or, most of the time, [[UpToEleven all of the above]].



* CombatPragmatist: In one scene that borders on {{parody}}, Chance tells Natasha to close her eyes and not move. Assuming he is going to kiss her, she complies. Chance leans in and...grabs the [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes giant poisonous snake]] hovering behind her head. He then disables said snake with a [[RefugeInAudacity punch to the face]] (!) and strings it up in a tree, to serve as a trap for the villains who are tracking them. If you guessed that the snake wakes up [[ContrivedCoincidence exactly as the villains are passing by]] and ends up attached to a normal mook's face, then AWinnerIsYou.



* GameOfChicken: The normal rules of the game not being cool enough for Chance, he decides the best way to make things interesting is to climb on top of the bike he's riding, let go of the handlebars and stand up straight with his feet on the seat.



* GhostCity: After the early scene where Chance is eating at the local diner, everyone in New Orleans who isn't one of Fouchon's henchman seemingly vanishes, leaving no-one around, even during broad daylight.

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* GhostCity: After the early scene where Chance is eating at the local diner, everyone in New Orleans who isn't one of Fouchon's henchman 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.



* GunFu: Multiple times, Chance gives combatants a roundhouse ''after'' emptying half a magazine into their center mass, point-blank range.

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* GunFu: Multiple times, Chance gives combatants a [[SignatureMove roundhouse kick]] ''after'' emptying half a magazine into their center mass, point-blank range.range...And then shoots them some more for good measure.



* OutOfTheInferno: Used lots of times. It's a JohnWoo movie. Duh.

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* OutOfTheInferno: OutOfTheInferno / OutrunTheFireball: Used lots of times. It's a JohnWoo movie. Duh.



* {{Overcrank}}: Heavily Invoked, even for a John Woo film. Pretty much ''every'' action shot (and many a non-action shot) in the film is either: Shot in slow-motion; followed up by a slow-motion replay; followed up by a multi-camera snap replay from different angles, or all three.



* RefugeInAudacity: In one scene that borders on {{parody}}, Chance tells Natasha to close her eyes and not move. Assuming he is going to kiss her, she complies. Chance leans in and...grabs the [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes giant poisonous snake]] hovering behind her head. He then disables said snake with a [[RefugeInAudacity punch to the face]] (!) and strings it up in a tree, to serve as a trap for the villains who are tracking them. If you guessed that the snake wakes up [[ContrivedCoincidence exactly as the villains are passing by]] and ends up attached to a [[{{mooks}} mook's]] face, then AWinnerIsYou.
* RuleOfCool: It's the fuel that drives the entire film.



* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Subverted, in a rare [[TruthInTelevision nod to reality]]. While the shotguns used are the usual, super-powerful movie versions, Chance's shotgun is rendered useless by the HostageSituation at the film's end.

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* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Subverted, in a rare [[TruthInTelevision nod to reality]]. While the shotguns used are the usual, standard, super-powerful movie versions, Chance's shotgun is rendered useless by the HostageSituation at the film's end.end, due to the weapon's spread pattern.



* StuffBlowingUp: In '''''spades.'''''

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* StuffBlowingUp: In '''''spades.'''''''''' During shoot-outs, ''everything'' hit by a bullet explodes in a massive shower of ricochet sparks, including ''forest undergrowth''.
27th Apr '15 4:51:33 AM JakeRock
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* BottomlessMagazines: Surprisingly downplayed for a John Woo movie. Chance and the bad guys reload quite a bit. Chance in particular is constantly scavenging extra magazines off of dead baddies once he gets a gun. The trope is still present in that many of the guns shoot more rounds than what their magazines can hold, but one of the guns Chance acquires has an extended magazine, justifying this to a degree.

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* BottomlessMagazines: Surprisingly downplayed for a John Woo movie. Chance and the bad guys reload quite a bit. Chance in particular is constantly scavenging extra magazines off of from dead baddies once he gets a gun. The trope is still present in that many of the guns shoot more rounds than what their magazines can hold, but one of the guns Chance acquires has an extended magazine, justifying this to a degree.



* CombatPragmatist: In one scene that borders on {{parody}}, Chance tells Natasha to close her eyes and not move. Assuming he is going to kiss her, she complies. Chance leans in and...grabs the [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes giant poisonous snake]] hovering behind her head. He then disables said snake with a [[RefugeInAudacity punch to the face]] (!) and strings it up in a tree, to serve as a trap for the villains who are tracking them. If you guessed that the snake wakes up [[ContrivedCoincidence exactly as the villains are passing by]] and ends up attached to a normal mook's face, then AWinnerIsYou.



* GhostCity: After the early scene where Chance is eating at the local diner, everyone in New Orleans who isn't one of Fouchon's henchman seemingly vanishes, leaving no-one around, even during broad daylight.



* {{Overcrank}}: Heavily Invoked, even for a John Woo film. Pretty much ''every'' action shot (and many a non-action shot) in the film is either: Shot in slow-motion; followed up by a slow-motion replay; followed up by a multi-camera snap replay from different angles, or all three.



* ShootTheHostageTaker: Unusually subverted (See ShotgunsAreJustBetter).
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Subverted, in a rare [[TruthInTelevision nod to reality]]. While the shotguns used are the usual, super-powerful movie versions, Chance's shotgun is rendered useless by the HostageSituation at the film's end.



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Near the end, Fouchon orders Van Cleaf to pursue Chance by helicopter and make sure he reaches the warehouse. Van Cleaf says he can easily kill him from the air, but Fouchon insists that Chance make it to the warehouse, so he can kill him from the ground.

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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Near the end, Fouchon orders Van Cleaf to pursue Chance by helicopter and make sure he reaches the warehouse. Van Cleaf says he can easily kill him from the air, but Fouchon insists that Chance make it to the warehouse, so he can kill him from the ground.
12th Feb '15 9:07:17 PM JackTheHammer
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* ArmiesAreEvil: Fouchon despises militaries, which is why he exclusively targets combat veterans for his deadly game.



* BadAssGrandpa: Wilford Brimley, believe it or not, playing Van Damme's Uncle Douvet.
* BadAssLongcoat: Applies to both Chance, and Emil Fouchon (the BigBad).
* TheBigBad: Emil Fouchon, who runs the hunting ring.
* TheBigEasy
* BottomlessMagazines: One of the guns Chance acquires has an extended magazine, justifying this to a degree.
* ButtMonkey: Randall Poe, full stop.

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* BadAssGrandpa: BadassGrandpa: Wilford Brimley, believe it or not, playing Van Damme's Uncle Douvet.
* BadAssLongcoat: BadassLongcoat: Applies to both Chance, and Emil Fouchon (the BigBad).
* TheBigBad: Emil Fouchon, who runs the a hunting ring.
ring that continuously changes location. He's been in Rio de Janeiro and Yugoslavia, and happens to be in New Orleans this time.
* TheBigEasy
TheBigEasy: The movie takes place in downtown New Orleans, and moves into the bayous for its big climax.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: The shotguns in this movie can knock you halfway across a room.
* BottomlessMagazines: One Surprisingly downplayed for a John Woo movie. Chance and the bad guys reload quite a bit. Chance in particular is constantly scavenging extra magazines off of dead baddies once he gets a gun. The trope is still present in that many of the guns shoot more rounds than what their magazines can hold, but one of the guns Chance acquires has an extended magazine, justifying this to a degree.
* ButtMonkey: Randall Poe, full stop. Also AssholeVictim at the same time, considering [[spoiler: he's the one who leads on homeless vets and selects them for Fouchon's game under the guise of giving them a job.]]



* CoolGuns: Lots, but the crowner is Fouchon's Thompson Contender.



* ColdBloodedTorture: Van Cleaf uses [[ShearMenace a pair of scissors]] to cut off part of Randall's right ear to make him spill the beans on who Douglas Binder really was.



* DisturbedDoves

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* DisturbedDovesDisturbedDoves: A John Woo staple!



* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: A lot of the bad guys with Fouchon can't shoot for crap. Justified in that many of them are rich assholes who are in it for the thrill and have never held a gun in their lives.



* ParentalSubstitute: Uncle Douvet to Chance.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Uncle Douvet to Chance.]
* PocketProtector: [[spoiler: Douvet survives Fouchon's stabbing attack thanks to his steel whiskey flask.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: The New Orleans police department is on strike, which is why Fouchon is able to carry out his hunting ring with impunity. It also helps that [[spoiler: the police coroner is on his payroll, and covers up the details of Binder's death.]] Detective Mitchell is the only officer who tries to help Natasha. [[spoiler: She gets killed by Van Cleaf.]]


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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Near the end, Fouchon orders Van Cleaf to pursue Chance by helicopter and make sure he reaches the warehouse. Van Cleaf says he can easily kill him from the air, but Fouchon insists that Chance make it to the warehouse, so he can kill him from the ground.
12th Oct '14 1:14:52 PM TekMek63
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* AbandonedWarehouse: The final climatic battle takes place in one.
19th Feb '14 4:02:21 PM erforce
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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. 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 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. JeanClaudeVanDamme...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.
19th Feb '14 11:18:01 AM erforce
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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. 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 (Lance Henriksen) and ProfessionalKiller Pik Van Cleaf (Arnold Vosloo) and must turn the tables on the hunters.

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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. 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 (Lance Henriksen) (Creator/LanceHenriksen) and ProfessionalKiller Pik Van Cleaf (Arnold Vosloo) and must turn the tables on the hunters.
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