Silent Night

A tormented father 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.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Thrillers
  • Stars: Anthony Giulietti, John Pollack, Harold Torres, Vinny O'Brien, Joel Kinnaman, Kid Cudi, Yoko Hamamura, Catalina Sandino Moreno
  • Director: John Woo
  • raymondrosato - 1 July 2024
    One of John Woo's best
    A couple's little boy gets killed by a stray bullet during a gangland gunfight. The husband chases the bad guys, gets shot in the throat, and loses his ability the speak. The wife can't take handling his grief along with hers so she leaves him. He sets out for revenge. That's all you need to know. John Woo had crafted one of his best films...and with no dialog except when the cop on the case mutters "thank you" when handed a slip of paper. There is background chatter, like radio and TV sound. To have dialog would have made this less compelling. No talky passages to slow things down. There are a few scenes where you really feel this man's pain. His muteness stands as a metaphor for single minded payback. Great performances all around including a particularly slimy villain. All the Woo touches are there to relish. If you're a fan of John Woo, don't miss this one.
  • damianphelps - 11 May 2024
    A Good Return For Woo
    Silent Night, whilst lacking the typical bombastic stylings of John Woo, still packs a punch and is a better than average actioner.

    Its a bit of a slow burn as we work through a Rockyesque training program but as the movie progresses then so does the action.

    Joel Kinnaman is the entire film and he is awesome. Usually actors come in second to Woo's theatrics however rarely, such as Face/Off or here in Silent Night, the actor's performances overpower him.

    Not a film for all, it gets pretty punchy at times so the squemish will struggle, yet the film would lose any validity if it were to take a softer approach :)