Two movies titled Manhunt enter, only one will leave (with that title) as Herman “OmegaPrime” Davis and Robert Rau watch the latest John Woo action extravaganza — and a Fritz Lang film about trying to kill Hitler — to determine which should be called Manhunt.
Director John Woo is responsible for two great Hong Kong action films, two OK John Travolta action flicks, the worst Mission Impossible, and now this. Financed and re-cut several times by Chinese investors, the first movie is a mess. Filled with tons of trademark John Woo action set pieces, the rest of the movie about a lawyer on the run from the law is all over the place. Even with the promises this title is giving, the hunting of man only takes up about 40% of the movie.
The second film is about hunting the most dangerous game of them all: Adolph Hitler. Set in Europe right before England and every other country declared war on Germany, the movie follows a world-renowned hunter fleeing Nazis because he tried killing their leader. This film was one of several created as pro-war propaganda to prod the United States into joining World War II. Except for the last five minutes, it feels like a genuine movie. Fritz Lang knows his stuff, and he does a great job showing off his talents.
This one won’t be a toughie, but is either movie good enough to call itself Manhunt? Listen if you dare.
Do you have an idea or even want to join the “There Can Be Only One” gang at their next viewing party? Email Robert Rau with your movie suggestion, the days you’re free to watch, and how much beer you can bring.
- Director/Producer: Robert Rau
- Executive Producer: Jeremy White