‘Silent Night’ Trailer: John Woo Returns With Holiday Revenge Flick Starring Joel Kinnaman

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!

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.