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      05.06.2011 20:14
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      This is a movie everyone should have in their collection

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      What an absolutely awesome movie. This is a 1996 John Woo Classic starring John Tavolta and Christian Slater. These two actors are pitted against each other in a struggle of holding the government to ransom or being able to recover the nuclear bomb. The acting in the action movie is fantastic as you would expect from a top quality cast aided by a great soundtrack keeping you in the heat of every moment.


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      Deakin (John Travolta) and Hale (Christian Slater) are 2 pilots for the US Airforce. Their primary job flying a stealth bomber designed to carry nuclear bombs. During a routine training exercise Deakin decides to eject 2 nuclear bombs over the Utah desert. As it transpires, he is fed up with the military for being passed over for promotion and is looking to use these devices to hold the government to ransom so he can live a life of luxury. Unfortunately Hale doesn't want any part of this and the battle begins. Will Deakin be able to recover the bombs with his well laid plan? If he does, will he be able to stop Hale from messing up his plans? Will Hale be able to get the bombs and save the country?

      To find out watch this movie


      Overall Opinion
      This movie is for all action fans, perfect for a Friday or Saturday night with friends. It is one where you will not be disappointed, in fact I would recommend this movie to absolutely anyone to watch!

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        04.02.2011 15:20
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        Better then face off but still a bit corny at times

        Ok, so it may be obvious from my review of face off that I am not a massive fan of John woo films. I tend to think he uses exactly the same sort of style of direction and its so distinctive (without being necessarily good) that it is instantly recognisable

        Synopsis: Maj Deakins (John Travolta) and Capt Riley Hal (Christian Slater) play two air force officers flying experiemental missions of the new B3 tactical bomber. Theyre good friends, but Deakins is fed up with the air force life and looking at a measly pension in a few years, he decides to coin a money spinner. On mission deakins actacks hal and drops two nulcear weapons they are carrying. The idea being he will retrieve them and then see them off tho the highest bidder , hiding one of them in the radiological dept of silver city hospital. Its up to Capt Hal and a park ranger caught up in the feud to stop him.

        Woo uses his usual mix of explosions, slow mo jumping action shots and a witty lines for the characters to say as a mean to push this film through..,but its not enough really. The first boxing scene in this film I thinks actually really good, (I box so im biased) I like the way woo uses the long angle to bring the ring up to focus and is a nice touch.

        I think Travolta started off well in this film, but as the time went on his character got more and more manic and it was over done. Slater plays the cool and collected capt hal , along with slightly nieve park ranger samantha mathus. But generally I think he does a good job and doesnt over act.

        The CGI is pretty good, shots of the B3 flying at tree top level ,and the soundtrack is very good, the songs 'broken arrow' and 'brothers' are replayed in films like Scream, where you would never have guessed it.

        Other then that, lots of explosions, a few train, helicopters and humvee chases to keep the adrenaline flowing and the storyline is slightly silly so still a no brainer really.

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        21.04.2010 14:54
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        We have a broken arrow..........we have a broken arrow.

        The film.
        Two military pilots have one of the best jobs a pilot could ever have, to pilot a B-3 stealth Bomber carrying nulear weapons. One of the fastest most advance planes there is and a weapons cargo that would make anyone cringe in anticipation.
        When things go wildly wrong after a test flight and the plane crashes in the desert, scattering its cargo of nuclear weapons (they call potential leaking nuclear weapons, a broken arrow), it becomes clear very clearly that the crash was no accident.
        A race against time begins when the two pilots of the crash start to take each other on as it also becomes clear that one of them is responsible for the crash and is in league with dodgy individuals to steal the weapons.
        Like always the two, once friends, now enemies, pilots, carry on their rivalry with each other, but this time, winning a bet is not all that is at stake.

        My opinion.
        I actually quite like this film. The fact that it has Travolta and Slater as the lead actors has a lot to do with that, but the overall good against bad story always appeals to me. Also, I really like the music score that is attached to the film. It has a western/ganster/look at me I'm cool feel to it.
        Travolta is on form in this and portrays his character with brilliance. He is cool at the same time as coming across a bit bonkers, and boy does he look good when in a hand to hand fight.

        Slater also plays his part with equal skill. I don't know what it is but these two actors, the way they speak and act, is something that comes across so cool! Their accent, mannerisms, they are all brilliant.

        I must say that this film is really corney. It has many corney lines and it is a typical American hero type story where the hero of the day saves us all and is cool whilst doing it.

        I'm not going to ruin the film for those who have not seen it by saying who the bad guy is (I'm sure you can guess) but what I will say is that Travolta and Slater play friends turned enemies brilliantly and I couldn't have chosen two other actors to do the job any better.

        This is a film I have watched many times and I will continue to in the future.

        I recommend this to all as a fun action packed movie. You will enjoy!

        It runs for an easy 1 hour and 34 mins and is rated a 15.

        No special features I'm afraid but you can get the film for as litel as £2.99.

        Enjoy!

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        12.12.2009 16:51
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        Predictable nonsense that is well made

        I originally saw this at the cinema back in 1995, I think it must have been. I think I had got a bit drunk with pals and we decided we would go to the cinema. If my memory serves me right, I fell asleep during it. I came across the DVD for £3 recently (packaged with Point Break and The Transformer) and thought I'd give it a second whirl. At £1 a film, it doesn't matter how dross its going to be really, its got to be worth it.

        According to wikipedia, and also to a short expose in this film, 'broken arrow' is a term given to an accidental event given to nuclear weapons that dont actually pose a threat of nuclear war, and is used by United States military. Here, the event isn't entirely accidental, but actually a ploy by an egomaniac known as Deek (full name Vic Deakins) to hijack two nuclear bombs to hold the US government to ransom.

        Deek and Hale are both airforce pilots who engage in a spot of sport for cash. Which is just as well, because they'll need those boxing skills throughout the film. When they are asked to go out on a practice assignment with the two bombs, little does Hale know that Deek plans to drop them over the deserts near Utah, planning to do a runner with a team of mercinaries who are after some ready cash. Deek then drops out of the plane, leaving Hale unconscious and destined for a fatal crash.

        Deek underestimates Hale though, who is able to get himself out of the craft, before teaming up with a local park ranger (who just happens to be a woman) to foil Deek's dastardly plan. Thereafter the two men engage in a battle of wits that will see them chase after each other in an attempt to out-do each other. Deek's plan is obviously to blackmail the government, whilst Hale's is to clear his own name and ensure that the bomb's dont cause any damage to the thousands of citizen's who will be within the radar of any nuclear fall-out.

        This film wasn't half as bad as I remember my more sober friends saying, and it was definately worth an afternoon watch. John Woo is notorious for films of this nature, and would team up with star John Travolta later on in the equally daft but watchable Face Off. Here, he blows up plane's trains and automobiles at such a rate its hard to keep track of who dies and who doesn't. Just when you think all of the mercinaries are done for, another one pops his ugly head up from beneath any given moving article.

        Fast paced and beautifully shot, the film stars Travolta as the gleefully overbearing Deek, whilst sticking Christian Slater in the role of good guy. Travolta irritates for most of it, spewing out lines that are just cringeworthy, but there is no doubt he is up to the action stuff. Slater is less annoying, but fancies himself cleverer than he actually is. Quite how they keep stumbling upon each other is anybody's guess, but then it isn't really supposed to make sense.

        Samantha Mathis is the good old park ranger to the rescue. She can't act for toffee, and is there merely to provide a love interest for good looking Slater. She, like her male co-star, seems to know exactly where the action will be ahead of time. Travolta refers to her being gutsy and not folding a few times, but she just comes off winsome and wimpy for most of the film.

        It is the film's brilliant editing, the action sequences and a haunting action score from Han Zimmers that make it most watchable. The actors sleepwalk through most of it, with the exception of the adrenalin stuff, and watch the talking heads stumble over lines that were clearly filmed and thrown together in one take. Altogether though, its a fairly daft but enjoyable action film that bares no surprises, and will cater mostly for fans of the genre.

        As mentioned already, this is part of 3 DVD set, and therefore hardly boasts any extra's. You can skip to a scene, and that's about your lot. Sadly, its what we get on the DVD's from the early days of DVD. At £1 per film though, I'm really not complaining.

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        02.12.2009 12:35
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        A Decent Watch

        Broken Arrow came out back in 1996. The film is an American action drama kind of film. The film is directed by John Woo and stars Christian Slater and John Travolta. The film did quite well at the box office and managed to pick up an award and a few other nominations.

        The film tells the story of a 'Broken Arrow'. Which apparently is an official term which means that a nuclear device has been stolen. So we find out that an ex-pilot has managed to steal two nuclear weapons and is now holding the government to ransom demanding huge sums of money or he will use his war heads to destroy Salt Lake City. Now Captain Riley Hale who finds himself involved in the plot must stop teh evil plan using the help of a Ranger he has met. Can he stop the plot and save his country from nuclear destruction?

        This film is weird. Its very cheesy and very obvious but kind of in a good way. I remember seeing a review on this saying that 'its so bad that its good'. And that probably sums the film up. Slater and Travolta are not exactly the best ever actors, especially in films like this, but it doesn't really matter that they are quite poor.

        If you just take this film for what it is and not take it to seriously you will enjoy it. The action is good, the storyline is pretty simple but this makes it easy to watch and does not get to complicated. There are even a few celver one liners in the film which are quite funny.

        The film itself runs for 108 minutes. This is probably just about right. I think if the film was any longer it would start to drag and get quite annoying. But keeping it reasonably short ensures that you never get bored as there is plenty of action and plenty going on all the way throught the film.

        The film is rated as 15. There is some strong language and some violence that some people will be offended by. I recently saw this film on TV and it had been quite heavily edited, but the normal version does contain more strong language.

        The DVD itself is pretty average. It has a few standard features but nothing that will really make you want to dash out and buy it!

        Overall I suppose you could say this is a typical John Woo film. Its not the best story and not a classic, but its easy to watch, good fun and there is lots of good action. If you want a nice easy film to watch with some friends this is probably ideal for you. Give it a try and see what you think.

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          22.11.2009 15:22
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          Unoriginal but entertaining hollywood action-film fodder

          Released in 1996 and directed by famed action-film director John Woo, 'Broken Arrow' stars John Travolta and Christian Slater as a pair of US Air Force pilots who find themselves locked into a cat-and-mouse showdown after Travolta crashes his B-3 bomber in the Utah desert and makes off with two nuclear warheads ('Broken Arrow' is a military term referring to missing nukes), intending to use them to hold the US to ransom for $250m. Slater menwhile teams up with a female park ranger and tries to track down Travolta and the missing nukes, one of which is hidden in a disused copper mine and the other, Slater discovers, is aimed at the city of Denver.

          Broken Arrow is a pretty standard Hollywood action romp, although with John Woo at the helm it isnt short of exciting if overblown gun-battles and plenty of explosions (including an underground nuclear explosion), and though it all gets decidedly silly very quickly (Slater takes down an attack helicopter with a revolver at one point) its still great escapist fun, helped along by solid (and slightly tongue-in-cheek) performances by Slater and Travolta, with Travolta hamming it up thoroughly in his baddie role (as he would later do to an even greater degree in the excrable 'Battlefield Earth').

          Broken Arrow is fairly run-of-the mill Hollywood action fodder when all said and done, but its competently put together and light-heartedly engaging, with enough pyrotechnics and cartoonish plot developments along the way to hold the viewers attention. Nothing special, but still worth a watch.

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          02.02.2009 20:03
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          A fun, high-octane watch that will keep you engaged throughout

          The air force and a Captain and park ranger search for two stolen nuclear weapons after a stealth flight crashes in the Utah desert.
          Probably not the most accurate film but still an entertaining film, with some rewatch value. This film doesn't really bring anything new or innovative to the cinema but it is well written and it a certainly a good watch if you are just looking to be entertained and not challenged.
          John Travolta is very good as Deakins, providing a performance that is both sinister and slightly comical. The writing in this film is excellent, the narrative is tight and there is nothing in the film that seems unecessary. There are a few good moments of dialogue, although there are a couple of moments of cheesiness. Christian Slater plays the role well but his is not a particularly memorable performance, there is little to his character other than the standard action film hands on hero type.
          Provided you are not overly bothered by technical accuracy this film will be entertaining, however there are a few inaccuracies, but these can be easily overlooked since the film itself is an exciting watch.

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            20.09.2002 06:28
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            Movie: Broken Arrow Year: 1996 Industry Rating: 15 Classification: Action / Thriller Starring: John Travolta .... Major Vic Deakins Christian Slater .... Captain Riley Hale Samantha Mathis .... Terry Carmichael Delroy Lindo .... Colonel Max Wilkins Bob Gunton .... Pritchett Frank Whaley .... Giles Prentice Howie Long .... Master Sergeant Kelly Vondie Curtis-Hall .... Lt. Colonel Sam Rhodes Director: John Woo Writers: Graham Yost Length: 108 min Language: English Colour: Colour (DeLuxe) Sound Mix: DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS Rating: 3/10 Review: nearly Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the US military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans. Two U.S. army officers, Major Vic Deakins (John Travolta) and Captain Riley Hale (Christian Slater) are assigned to fly a stealth bomber carrying two live nuclear bombs to carry out a test. During the flight, Deakins reveals his true intent, ejects the stunned Hale out of the plane, and releases the nukes before crashing it. Deakins plot is to ransom the bombs back to the government, buy five-percent of Volvo, and live off the dividends for life. Hale’s aim is to stop Deakins, and on his travels teams up with park ranger Terry Charmical (Samantha Mathis), who once she got word of the crash, immediately set out to find out what is going on. Once the nukes are dropped, Col. Max Wilkins (Delroy Lindo) is faced with bringing down Deakins and right hand man turncoat soldier Arvid Kelly (Howie Long) with the help of pencil pusher Giles Prentice (Frank Whaley). The story is one we’ve all seen before – good guy turns bad, ex-partner then sets out to catch him and spoil his plans. This familiar plot can however be covered with an interesting storyline with a few twists in it, a bit of comedy, and at the very least, go all-out on the actions scenes. The acti
            on/fight scenes in this movie however are wasted on Slater – an action star he ain’t! How is anyone to believe that Slater can take on John Travolta and Howie Long (the 6'5", 270 pound, former L.A. Raider)! If you get a chance to watch this film for free, and have nothing better to do, then you may as well watch it – you can always switch it off! I wouldn’t however go out of my way to watch it, and definitely wouldn’t buy it. If the script had a little more comedic lines and situations in it, and a proper action star (like Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis, or Arnie) was cast instead of Slater, then it probably would have been a half decent movie. However it doesn’t, and as a result, I think it is only worth a 3/10. –Sorry ‘Woo’ Some good news! The DVD: The video transfer is top notch. The picture quality is Very good; Images are superbly razor sharp and clear, especially the daylight scenes in the desert, which all look incredibly detailed. The colours are vibrant and incredibly animated, especially the fire in the explosions. The Dobly 5.1 surround field is usually fully employed, and as a result, the Audio Quality is absolutely explosive. The soundtrack is crammed with remarkable sounds, and as the stealth bomber flies around, during the car chase and a plane explosion, the bass lines shacks you, and wraps you in the action. Unfortunately, there is a serious lack of extras; just a trailer. However, the menu is quite smart with an animated stealth bomber flying into the screen after a selection.

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              20.07.2001 01:59
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              Broken Arrow - 1996 - Twentieth Century Fox Starring - John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Vondie Curtis-Hall. Director - John Woo. First Impressions - I first saw this film on TV. I hadn't really noticed it existed until then, however I taped it and enjoyed it very much. I then did what I normally do, go out and buy the original video and added it to my collection. Since then I have watched it many times and even though I rate it as a good film, I can honestly say that it is not the best. Don't let this put you off though, it is a good film to watch when you want a night in with a few beers, or when you are bored. Minor description of plot - The film starts in a boxing ring in a USAF base in Utah. The two main actors in the film, Vic Deakins (John Travolta) and Riley Hale (Christian Slater) are pilots in the USAF. They are having a sparring match to fill in the spare time and keep up their levels of fitness. Deakins is a lot older than Hale and thus means he has been boxing a lot longer. You will now know the winner of the sparring session. This follows by the two pilots going to the briefing room in which Hale finds out that the two of them will be piloting a B3 stealth bomber armed with nuclear weapons. This is because the air force are worried about the fact that, even though the stealth is undetecable to radar, the weapons may give off low radiation. They pursue to the aircraft where they take off on their mission. The next thing you notice is that there is a lot of activity in the Utah national park, this is actually Deakins team that he has got together because he is intent on stealing these weapons. After they have completed the mission and go into autopilot mode, Deakins fools Hale into looking out of the window, pulls a gun on him and after a fight Hale has to eject. This leaves Deakins to drop the bombs to the ground and then eject himself. The next morning Hale recovers and
              wakes up, not knowing where he is, or where the plane or Deakins is. He is then confronted by the park ranger Terri Carmichael (Samantha Mathis) who is not bothered what he says, she is just intent on arresting him. After a tussle, he convinces her that, although he cannot tell her what happened, he needs help to fulfil the mission of getting the weapons back. That is all I am prepared to say about the film but I hope that from what I have wrote, you will be prepared to watch the film. Plus points - The acting is quite good, John Travolta was in the process of making several films when he made this. This doesn't show and he puts all of his effort into this movie. John Woo making sure that it would be hard to make a sequel from this film. I don't think that this film was quite respected enough for a follow up. I would normally say here my comments on the special features of the DVD but unfortunately I only have the VHS version. Samantha Mathis looking lovely as aver. Minus Points - Like I have said, even though I regard John Woo as a very good director, I think he should concentrate more on the martial arts side of his movies. However, the fight sequences are well choreographed. I thought some parts of the film were predictable and how did Hale know where Deakins was going. If you have seen the film you will know what I meant by that. Similar Movies - Mission Impossible 2 (Tom Cruise) Y2K (Malcolm McDowell, Louis Gossett Jnr)

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              John Travolta (he of Grease fame) is an unlikely film actor to take the lead role of Broken Arrow but he copes well with the part as the US Air Force officer Vic Deakins the pilot of a B-3 Stealth bomber. This is an unlikely story as the good old US of A claims that all its arsenal of nuclear weapons are safe from being nicked, hijacked or lost. Oh! Yeah! The opening scene with John Travolta in a boxing ring hammering ten bells out of Riley Hale (Christian Slater) doesn’t give much of a clue to what the film is about. And he smokes too. It develops that the two ring protagonists are set to fly an exercise mission carrying two live nuclear weapons. The exercise is to determine the efficiency of the bomber’s stealth mode so it beggars the question – why carry nuclear weapons. Then it became clear to me. No weapons – no film. Out in the desert a park ranger comes across some campers and after a brief verbal exchange the park ranger shoots them both leaving one falling onto the campfire. Obviously he wasn’t a “real” park ranger. Good start. In the air and flying at a mere 400 feet, ground control loses the B-3 on radar but maintains contact via the plane’s ‘heat signature’ until it descends to just 200 feet. Then comes the shock. Travolta pulls a gun on his co-pilot and still strapped in their seats they start to fight. Travolta is not the good guy! Fortunately he had the forethought to put the plane on autopilot and in the ensuing cockpit dust-up Travolta fires the ejector seat – of his co-pilot. How’s that for helping your buddy out of the plane? On the ground a ‘real’ park ranger witnesses the ejection and sets off in the direction of his descent and after a brief altercation with him, Riley manages to convince her that he is a good guy. Vic releases the two nuclear weapons to parachute gently to earth and follows them in
              his ejector seat after setting the stealth’s crash mode. To find out what happens next either watch a Question Of Sport of watch the film because that is all that you are getting from me except to say that it is a fast paced action packed film worthy of a second viewing like I’m going to do now. A brief note. I have found a use for the adverts during the film. It gives me time to jot down some notes on what I’ve seen so far like those above.

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                30.03.2001 01:26
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                ~~Broken Arrow~~ ~~Main Cast~~ John Travolta Christain Slater Samantha Mathis Howie Long Delroy Lindo Frank Whalley Bob Gunton ~~Directed By~~ John Woo ~~The Movie~~ If you like your action movies fast, implausible and with plenty of high octane chases and big bangs then this is the movie for you.John Woo(Face/Off, Mission Impossible 2) directs this implausible tale of stolen nukes, blackmail and guns...lots of guns, and as any regular movie goer knows - never fails to disappoint on the action stakes. His movies are not exactly the most intelligent in the world, or believable but they are certainly fun. So if you come into this movie with your eyes open to this then you'll probably enjoy it, otherwise you're likely to feel that you have seen a movie with a plot full of holes, lots of macho posturing and not much in the way of a storyline...which you have. ~~Story~~ Vic Deakin(Travolta) and Riley Hale(Slater) play two Air Force pilots charged with the task of flying the America's new secret weapon - the B-3 bomber, an aeroplane armed with nuclear capability on its test flights. Both are experienced pilots and the safest pair of hands there are. However, Deakin has more on his mind than just flying the plane - he wants the nukes and on its final flight escapes with both nuclear warheads leaving hale for dead in the desert, intent on ransoming the weapons to the US government for an enormous pile of cash. However, he reckons without Hale's survival and desire for revenge and what follows from that point onwards is a lengthy cat-and-mouse game played out across the desert as each tries to outwit the other. ~~Performances~~ Travolta and Slater are the main focus of the movie and their performances are pretty solid as you would expect. neither are the best actors in the world and it seems you either like travolta or you don't. Obv
                iously John Woo does because this is the second time he has used him in one of his blockbuster movies and I feel that he is justified here at least. Slater is not one of my favourite actors at all, but he comes across quite well here in an improbable thriller. Samantha Morton comes along for the ride as well as a park ranger dragged into the proceedings in the token female role and performs the part in the usual stereotypical fashion. The rest of the cast are ok - nothing special but without any glaring anomalies or ovational performances either. No one is going to win an oscar here, but then thats not what you would expect from a movie of this type anyway. ~~Action~~ There is plenty of action in this movie to keep the average fan of action movies happy. No its not one of the best out there, and probably one of John Woo's worst, but its certainly not one of the worst either. All action sequences are 'done by the book', giving you exactly what you expect to see and therefore can not be wrong as such, just nothing new as well as being completely OTT and unbeleiveable. Lots of bangs and explosions anyway. ~~Verdict~~ Yes, if you like action movies then you are going to enjoy this one. It will never make it into your top ten list of favourite movies and maybe not even your top 50 but its certainly all good fun. There are a few annoying points such as the fact that its so crushingly formulaic, offers nothing new at all and offers a completely unbeliable set of siuations, but if you can turn the brain off for the evening its worth a watch. Check it out, if you like action movies.

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                  Broken arrow is John woo at his finest. The whole film is a rollercoaster of an action adventure that lets you watch it without too much thought. The story line is predictable but who cares! The action starts with a Secret American plane crashing and finishes with a nuclear exlosion. John Travolta is a great baddy and christian slater (although I am not a great fan of his, I always remeber the film where he had a monkeys heart!) is OK as the good guy. I just wish once that the Baddy could win!! It also contains one of the greatest lines ever said in a movie: 'Do not shoot at the thermal nuclear warhead'

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                  This film is quite a good one, it's just a little typical throughout. It did make the return of Travolta to big name films, and it wasn't a bad effort from him. The acting is quite good, with Travolta and Slater turning in quite ok performances. The story is good, and involving. The action is good, as it's very big and loud, with lots of explosions! I would definitely recommend this to anyone, but I'm not sure you'd watch it again and again.

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                  This action flick stars John Travolta and Christian Slater as Stealth bomber pilots, who are on a training run when Travolta drops the two nukes that the bomber is carrying and then tries to kill Slater. Of course, Slater ejects just in time, and then it's a matter of who can get to the nukes quickest, to idsarm them or steal them to sell to the highest bidder. Of course, the airforce are also after the nukes, and think that both pilots have gone rogue, so Slater is on his own, apart from a park ranger who picks him up after he ejects from the Stealth.. together they somehow manage to save the day, but not without one of the nukes going off! Apart from the obvious lack of a decent story, this is a good action film, with Travolta and Slater both playing their roles very well, and some good twists (such as the computer expert being an ex SEAL.. LOL) in the plot.

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                  John Travolta and Christian Slater make a superb combination in this powerfull action adventure film. John Travolta stars as a renegade pilot and Slater as his dutiful colleague. They are assigned a secret mission, but both soon find themselves at war with each other when the nuclear warheads they are carrying are hijacked. Travolta is the mastermind behind this twisted plot, and Slater realises that millions of lives now depend on him getting control of the warheads. This is a superb blockbuster highlighted by special effects and laced with humour; it climaxes in a high tech battle that never misses to have you on the edge of your seat.

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                John Travolta is Vic Deakins, a bomber pilot who launches a devilish plan to hijack two nuclear missiles for big-time extortion. Vic never sweats, spews out great one-liners, knocks off money men with glee, toys with killing half a million people ... he even smokes!If you giggled at his "Ain't it cool" line from the trailer, you're in the right frame of mind for this comedic action film. Never as gritty or semi-realistic--or for that matter as heart-thumping--as the original DieHard, Broken Arrow still delivers. If Travolta is cast against type, everyone else is by the numbers; Christian Slater as Hale, the earnest copilot looking to foil the plot, Samantha Mathis as the brave park ranger caught in the middle, Frank Whaley as an eager diplomat and Delroy Lindo as a right-minded colonel. As with his previous script (the superior Speed), writer Graham Yost moves everything quickly along as Hale and the ranger try to cut off Deakins's plan over a variety of terrains. There are plane crashes, car chases, a pursuit through an abandoned mine, a helicopter-train shootout and lots of fighting between boys. Each time Hale finds himself perfectly in place to foil Deakins, you're suppose to laugh at the unbelievable situations. That's where Broken Arrow is deceptive: its tone is right for the laughter compared to the mean-spirited Schwarzenegger and Stallone action films with laboured jokes. Hong Kong master director John Woo (TheKiller and Hard Target) pulls out all the stops--slow motion of Hale and Deakins' gymnastic gun play, nifty stunts, countdowns to doomsday. Woo may know action but he needs more guidance in creating unique and stunning special effects. This is action entertainment at its cheesiest. Travolta and Woolater reteamed for Face/Off. --Doug Thomas