Director: Dennis Law
Cast: Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Wu Jing, Tien
Niu, Danny Lee, Maggie Shiu, Cheung Siu-Fai, Kenneth Low, Jacky
Heung, Pinky Cheung, Lam Suet, Lau Kam Ling, Wong Tin Lam, Hui
Shiu Hung, Kenny Wong, Johnny Chen, Carissa Yan, Tam Ping Man
RunTime: 1 hr 44 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Official Website: http://www.fatalmove.com/
Opening Day: 20 March 2008
In the violent world of Hong Kong's triad societies, one false
move can be fatal. A series of unexpected misfortunes, challenge
the very existence of gang leader Sammo
Hung and his mob., eventually leading to a bloddy gangster
war. Battle after battle, Sammo and his gang are moving closer
to destruction. A drug deal turns bad...A kidnap turns into
murder...A secret mission turns into a savage massacre of
the police- Who is the mastermind behind these evil plots?
Will Sammo be able to defy fate and survive? Or will the once
most powerful gang face extinction? To fight with destiny
can sometimes be deadly.
I wasn’t a fan of director Dennis Law and I’m
definitely not holding my breath for “Fatal Move”.
His last movie, “Fatal Contact” was a disappointing
and utterly messed-up action flick. But the synopsis for “Fatal
Move” was interesting enough to let me go through it
and then came the trailer on the official website that makes
me possess the desire to at least give it a glance.
Law’s credit, he did assembled a fantastic cast that
includes most of Johnny To’s alumni. Simon Yam, Chueng
Siu-Fai, Maggie Siu and Lam Suet among many others. Even the
plot smells something which To might have discarded along
Hung plays Lung, leader of HK’s most notorious triad
dealing with anything from drugs to money laundering. Assisted
by Yam, Cheung, Wu Jing, Kenneth Low and his wife, Susu (Tien
Niu), the gang is much wanted by the Police led by Senior
Inspector Liu (veteran police regular Danny Lee). But a certain
bad move by a key member of the gang throws the gang into
disarray (which explains the English title “Fatal Move”
and in Chinese, the title is apparently more meaningful, it
refers to the movement of the Chinese chess).
obvious problem with “Fatal Move” is again the
direction of the plot. Law committed the same mistake as his
earlier movie, “Fatal Contact”. “Fatal Move”
started out promising enough, there’s a slight tinge
of To’s triad classics, “Election” and it’s
sequel. Perhaps Law which served as executive producer on
both movies got his inspiration from there. As the story progresses,
it started to lose its footing. There are plenty of limbs
chopping and cheesy fake CG blood sputtering which earns its
EDITED M18 rating. (Two very serious sins committed by the
distributor. ONE: No promotional campaign prior to the release
of this title. TWO: An edited version to attract a larger
crowd thus more income in the bank). And not giving too much
away, a teary melodrama towards the end.
Jing who plays the baddie in “Invisible Target”
is again wasted here as Lung’s henchman. Given a role
that has less than 20 lines to recite and to make matters
worse, he has lesser opportunity to exert his martial-art
skills. Jing’s career could have been much given a facelift
if tasked with a substantial role and beefier script. Yam
and Cheung as usual gave their fair share of decent performances.
Lam Suet’s cameo was both bittersweet and tragic.
has it that “Fatal Move” is supposed to give audience
the fight that never materialized in “SPL”. That
is, the fight between Sammo Hung and Wu Jing. During the last
ten minutes, we did manage to see that. But what’s the
point? The plot of “Fatal Move” doesn’t
require the finale fight to be there. It was plainly choreographed
to lure the audience in the first place. What’s the
purpose of them fighting on the same boat when they are surrounded
by police on the outside? Shouldn’t they be dealing
with the cops and protect their own asses?
is where I totally gave up on Dennis Law’s direction
and blatant, incoherent scripting. By then, it’s too
late. I have wasted 100 minutes of my time where I could have
spent it watching reruns of “Election” or “SPL”.
(Highly skilled Sammo Hung and Wu Jing can’t save this
weak script from sinking)
Review by Linus Tee