advancement of technology made satisfying human lust easy
through peeping. Unknown to the people who commit this sin,
they are being watched too. Their sinful action eventually
leads to death...
Think we’d be quick to diss this Hong Kong slasher-horror
flick? Well, think again – we do give credit where it’s
Wong (Oxide Pang’s Ab-normal Beauty) of Hong Kong girl-band
2R and Wong You Nam (Fruit Chan’s Hollywood Hong Kong)
of Hong Kong boy-band Shine star in this movie about, brace
yourself for this: the phenomenal state of things that is
called technology. The story takes place at a motel where
youngsters rent rooms for all sorts of reasons. What they
do not know is that there is a pair of eyes seeing overlooking
everything they do in their rooms – via a Closed Circuit
is somewhat clever because the movie mentions something about
a pair of eyes overlooking all human beings up there. Hence,
we shouldn’t do bad things in fear of being punished.
director Carol Lai translates the concept vividly to this
feature film, though it ultimately becomes a blood-fest where
lots of the red liquid gets splashed and squirted around,
complete with chopping up of limbs.
pity the poor occupants of the motel, really.
the director engages some nice use of graphics and stop-motion
in some scenes to very good effect. They are definitely not
your mediocre and second-rate effects that serve no purpose
except to show off the graphic artists’ limited talents.
two young leads play their characters with just the right
amount of geek and lovability. Veteran actor Liu Kai Chi’s
(Dragon Squad, Protégé) final scene as a psycho
in a white raincoat and a plastic sheet around the face is
a successful characterization of someone we’d fear in
a run-down building.
when we don’t really buy the baddie’s justification
for going on a killing spree, we chose forgive the movie’s
failure to convince us in that aspect.
don’t want the eyes up there to see how mean we are,
in fear of some very terrible consequences.
by John Li