Yes, John Woo can
make a solid Hollywood action picture -- he could probably make one standing on his head -- but why should we want him to? Woo's Hong Kong pictures were rapturous fusions of eroticized violence and operatic sentiment, and we loved them precisely because they
did things that Hollywood can't (or won't) do. Woo's new movie is action, American style: expertly constructed, reasonably entertaining and thoroughly trivial. John Travolta plays gleefully against type as a turncoat pilot planning to blackmail the U.S. government with stolen nuclear weapons;
Christian Slater, his staunchly upright ex-buddy, is out to stop him. They clamber all over an ...