By Mike D'Angelo
Updated July 02, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

The preposterously cool Chow, veteran of several John Woo action masterpieces, finally makes his long-overdue Hollywood debut; now what say we find him a halfway decent script? This tepid compendium of two-fisted gun battles?executive-produced, but not directed, by Woo?stars Chow as a hitman who becomes a target when he refuses to kill a cop?s 7-year-old child. On the run, he teams with Sorvino, a document forger apparently afflicted with a neurological disorder that keeps her from remembering to button her shirt. In lieu of Woo?s tortured melodrama and graceful mayhem, we get a lotta rat-a-tat-tat and a few sub-Schwarzeneggerian quips. Stick with the subtitles and rent an earlier Woo-Chow joint venture, like The Killer or Hard-Boiled.

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