City Under Siege (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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Sunny, a lowly circus clown, dreams of following in his father’s footsteps by perfecting lethal Flying Dagger technique. That dream seemingly dies the night a group of bullies force Sunny into a mysterious cave where an abandoned military experiment turns them all into mutants! Suddenly bestowed with superhuman strength, Sunny finally has the power to master his father’s technique and defend the city against his horribly-disfigured fellow mutants!
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The film is about "Sunny" (Aaron Kwok), a clown of a traveling circus troupe (and a son of a renowned knife throwing master). One day, while looking for gold in a Malaysian cave, he and other circus members including circus troupe leader Zhang Dachu (Collin Chou) are exposed to the chemical gas developed by the Japanese army just before WWII ended.
But you may skip the dull introductory part. About 40 minutes in, the real story begins with Zhang Dachu and his gang, who have transformed into superhuman "monsters" robbing the jewelry stores and banks in Hong Kong; and Sunny, who gained superhuman powers apparently without changing physical appearance. Shu Qi plays Angel, a TV reporter covering the story of Sunny. Wu Jing and Zhang Jingchu are special agents.
The film has a few action set-pieces that are watchable but not remarkable. Wu Jing and Collin Chou show what they can do in the martial arts action scenes, but there are not many, and cheesy special effects of flying knives do not help. Aaron Kwok's reluctant hero remains uninteresting, and so does Shu Qi's opportunistic reporter. Benny Chan attempt to explore the characters' inner psyche or soul by introducing romances and father-son relationship, but none is convincing.
Silly and uneven "City Under Siege" could have been a more entertaining romp with a tighter story and better effects.
But this movie will have you cheering on this dagger-tossing, "Forrest Gump". ( Yes, that's basically what he is.) And he stumbles upon this female reporter ( that hot eastern girl from the first Transporter movie ) who discovers his superhuman abilities and just goes all "Loius Lane" over him.
The rest is just what you would expect: a good clash of heroes, martial arts, and crazy special effects. Sweet!
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If you like martial arts mayhem with a modern twist of crime lords and gun fights this could be a movie for you.Published 7 months ago by Doc