It looks good, but it's basically empty.It's the American debut of Chow Yun-Fat, a veteran of Hong Kong action flicks for the past 20 years, the last 10 being with John Woo (who produced this).
Chow and Woo both deserve better.
Oh, there's some spectacular, balet-like choreography in the action sequences, and the whole thing's glossy and stylish, but there's something missing.
Chow plays John Lee, a contract killer. He's hired by Mr. Wei (Kenneth Tsang) to kill someone close to a cop named Zedkov (Michael Rooker). Mr. Wei wants Zedkov to feel the suffering he felt when Zedkov killed his son. When it comes time for Lee to do the deed, he can't do it, and he's forced to go on the run, taking up with an expert forgery artist named Meg (Mira Sorvino). They end up as unlikely partners as Wei throws numerous obstacles at them, not the least of which are the two men hired to replace and then remove Lee (the "replacement killers" of the title).
The movie has the feel of the Hong Kong actioners, but it's definitely got that Hollywood gloss. The plot is paper thin, although the look and feel of the film are pretty cool. It's not enough. Chow has minimal lines (his English isn't that great) and Sorvino seems oddly miscast, so the majority of the film is made up of action sequences and shootouts. Those are fine, but they don't make a movie whole.It could have been worse (Jean-Claude Van Damme instead of Chow Yun-Fat!) but it should have been better.