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Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Benny Chan
Starring: Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Andy On, Wu Jing
RunTime: 2 hrs 9 mins
Released By: Shaw & Innoform Media
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Official Website: www.invisibletarget.com


Opening Day: 19 July 2007


The rise of Ronin Gang, a band of notorious robbers affected the lives of three policemen drastically. Each of the three policemen: Fang (starring Shawn Yue), Jing Hau (starring Jaycee Chan) and Chen (starring Nicholas Tse) have their own stories but are motivated to achieve a common goal: to bring Jiang (starring Wu Jing), the leader of the Ronin Gang to justice.

Time is running out as Jiang’s influence grew and the gang’s ruthless acts are getting out hand. With Fang’s wit, Jing Hau’s courage and Chen’s dexterity, the three vowed to capture Jiang. However, it was also during the intense period of tracking the Ronin Gang that the three learnt about the presence of a prominent figure in the police force who is in cahoots with Jiang… With all these against them, they are even more determined to rid the evil doings of Jiang and his accomplice…

Movie Review:

I should be ashamed of myself.

While similar-aged stars like Nicholas Tse and Shawn Yue are slogging it out in action flicks, showcasing their manliest sides and earning the love of fan girls everywhere, here I am, typing furiously in front of my computer, trying to meet my deadline for this review.

Heck, even Jaycee Chan, whom I do not think too highly of, has joined the club and is starring in Benny Chan’s latest action thriller as a righteous policeman.

In this 129-minute movie, the three guys toil it out with Mainland Chinese action star Wu Jing and his gang of bad guys, with the one aim to bring them to justice. But behind each of these good-lookers (yes, even Chan looks somewhat decent in this picture), there is a new-age-sensitive man who has some inner demons to fight. And conveniently, their common goal is to bring down Wu’s motley crew of orphans.

Nothing too exciting about the plot, we hear you say?

The whole point to any Benny Chan (Divergence, New Police Story) movie is the excitingly-choreographed action sequences, and you won’t be missing it here. There are countless explosions, people jumping off buildings, gun-shootouts and face-on fist fights: It’s not only the Transformers and John McClane who are making the cinemas noisy this summer blockbuster season.

The movie also makes you laugh with its engaging humor and effective bantering between the three leads. While viewers with a higher intellectual quotient may scorn at the unabashed attempt at injecting heart and soul into the characters, we’d say there’s nothing wrong with that – we are watching the movie for its action, remember?

There is also a modest effort to pace the movie in such a way that audiences won’t be left breathless and exhilarated with the action sequences. You will be able to digest the movie with its obvious segmenting between fast and slow scenes.

We have seen Tse in action movies like Gen-X Cops (1999) and Dragon Tiger Gare (2006) (No, Chen Kaige’s The Promise doesn’t really count), and in his latest big screen outing, he sports an unkempt goatee to play a tormented soul to some good effect. Sporting a crew cut, Yue plays a quick-tempered cop who lets his emotions get the better of him. The man who impresses us most is Wu, who coolly spouts his lines in perfect Chinese, at the same time kicks some serious butts out of his co-stars.

Girls, get ready to swoon.

Meanwhile, the son of the great Jackie Chan does not fare so well in some of the more scenes which were meant to be movingly touching. Every time the chap screws his face to emote, we can’t resist giggling. It does not help that he reminds us of his Dad. The cliché lines he has to recite aren’t too exciting either.

Other than that, the popcorn movie is about action, explosions, crashes, gunfights, and most importantly for me – how to get away from my computer and look cool.

Movie Rating:

(An explosive action thriller that has enough thrills and spills to keep you at the edge of your seat)

Review by John Li



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