Twenty years ago John Woo, one of the greatest action movie directors of our time, directed the Ben Affleck thriller Paycheck. The film was absolutely killed by critics, for good reason, and only did modest business at the box office. After that, Woo stayed away from the U.S. for twenty years! But now he’s finally back with Silent Night, a holiday flick that more than lives up to its name.
Y’see, there’s absolutely no dialogue in Silent Night, a rare filmmaking approach that posed quite a challenge for Woo…
“It was a very smart script, and the story really touched me [because] I have three children,” Woo told EW. “The biggest challenge is how do you make the audience accept a story without dialogue, and get them moved by the story, let them understand they’re not missing something.”
The film stars Joel Kinnaman as a father who exacts bloody vengeance for his son who was accidentally murdered during a gang shootout. Also in the cast are Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace) and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi (House Party).
Silent Night opens in theaters on December 1st, and I can’t wait! Welcome back, John Woo! Bring on the two-fisted, double-barrel John Woo-style action!