Much to our regret, legendary director John Woo has disappeared from the radar and is preparing a new foray into Hollywood with “Silent Night”. A project that arouses curiosity because it will be entirely without dialogue. Quite a challenge for one of the kings of action cinema.
More than 15 years later, John Woo returns to the United States
John Woo is back in Hollywood. It is an event that we did not expect. And yet the case is very well under way. The legend of Hong Kong cinema is preparing an exciting project. Deadline reveals that the director is working on Silent Night, an action film which will have the particularity of not having a single dialogue. Attractive concept for a man who built his legend thanks to his stylized staging.
For this new attempt, he did not bother with a too complex scenario because it will present a father bereaved by the death of his son. Ravaged by sadness and hatred, he decides to take revenge by finding those responsible. The main role has been entrusted to Joel Kinnaman, an actor who has not always made inspired career choices but who still has some interesting performances to his credit, as in the series The Killing. You have to be very good to be able to wear this Silent Night without saying a word. The concept can also quickly turn against the film but we trust John Woo, who is a great director and which has already proven so much in action cinema.
Besides this story of lack of dialogue, Silent Night is a curiosity because it marks the return of the director to American lands. We remember his passage from 1997 to 2003, with Mission: Impossible 2, Volte / Face or Paycheck. It was the latter who cut her off the desire to work in the United States. Alas, the rest of his career was not very remarkable and his activity diminished considerably. This does not prevent the respect we have for him from remaining intact, so good has he done in action cinema. During the 80s / 90s, he released cult films like The Killer, The Crime Syndicate and Foolproof. Accompanied by actor Chow Yun-Fat, he established himself as a reference which inspired many directors thereafter.