The first trailer for the action movie Silent Night has been released, and it’s pretty spectacular. The movie features Suicide Squad’s Joel Kinnaman as a man out for revenge around the holidays. The twist is that Kinnaman’s character is shot in the throat near the beginning of the film and cannot speak. The movie, from director John Woo, has basically no dialogue–but what it lacks in speaking, it seems to make up for in extreme, over-the-top action.
Kinnaman’s character, Godlock, is out for blood after his young son is killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout. Godlock whips himself into shape and prepares to seek revenge on the people who killed his son, and this certainly looks like it’ll be one bloody movie. Head to Entertainment Weekly to see the trailer.
Woo told EW that Kinnaman did “99 percent of his stunts.” The director said one of the challenges of making the movie was getting the audience to accept and understand the story with no dialogue. “[Kinnaman] tried [to give] a real performance but only with his eyes,” Woo said. “His eyes have so many stories and so many emotions.”
Silent Night also features Scott Mescudi (AKA Kid Cudi) playing a police officer. Catalina Sandino Moreno and Harold Torres also star in the film, which releases in theaters on December 1.
Silent Night continues the trend of violent Christmas movies, picking up the baton from 2022’s Violent Night, which starred David Harbour as a murderous Santa Claus. It’s not the first big movie this year to feature almost no dialogue, following in the footsteps of No One Will Save You.
Woo previously directed the action movies Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2. In the video game world, Woo was a producer on the 2007 action game Stranglehold, which served as a sequel to his movie Hard Boiled.
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