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23rd Dec 2023

New Christmas action movie from Face/Off director now available to stream at home

Stephen Porzio

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Exciting news for action movie and Christmas movie fans.

Legendary action filmmaker John Woo has returned with a new movie which is now available to stream at home.

Titled Silent Night, it is the Hong Kong director’s first Hollywood film in 20 years – having before that directed such high profile flicks in the US as Broken Arrow, Face/Off, Hard Target and Mission: Impossible 2.

He is also renowned for his Hong Kong action movies like Hard Boiled and The Killer.

And in what is good news for fans of Woo, his latest looks like it is taking him back to his action thriller roots. This is on top of it doubling as a Christmas movie.

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Joel Kinnaman in Silent Night, now streaming through Sky and NOW

The plot synopsis for Silent Night reads:

“From legendary director John Woo and the producer of John Wick comes this gritty revenge tale of a tormented father (Joel Kinnaman – Altered Carbon, The Suicide Squad) who witnesses his young son die when caught in a gang’s crossfire on Christmas Eve.

“While recovering from a wound that costs him his voice, he makes vengeance his life’s mission and embarks on a punishing training regimen in order to avenge his son’s death.”

Noteworthy for featuring very little spoken dialogue – hence the punny title – Silent Night has been praised by several critics as being a return to form for Woo.

You can read a sample of some of the positive write-ups the movie has received from reviewers:

The Australian: “This comeback movie has a lot of what Woo is famous for, such as operatic gunfights, but it also has something new: there is almost no dialogue over the 104-minute run-time.”

Chicago Sun-Times: “Chatter’s hardly needed when director John Woo is crafting his trademark stylish, over-the-top violence.”

Consequence: “Woo has been doing this for decades now, and he knows how to deliver wild ballets of bullets and blood better than 99 percent of the people who have ever done it.”

New York Times: “There’s a lot of sound and fury and it works. This is suspenseful and cathartic, and even the schmaltzy stuff is so distinctly John Woo that it’s welcome.” “One of the most deliriously cinematic movies of the year.”

Co-starring Catalina Sandino Moreno (From), Harold Torres (Zero Zero Zero) and Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi (X), Silent Night is now available to stream in Ireland and the UK through Sky Cinema and with a NOW Cinema Membership.

Check out its trailer right here:

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