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The fight scenes, are pretty cool. I mean, if you want to see wave upon wave of people get shot down, stabbed, arms cut off? Yeah this is the movie.
Also the guy you see on the front, not the main character. Some dude with sunglasses and a golden gun is the main character. .. Which we find absolutely nothing out about them.
The movie is missing good character development, and story development, that's what really killed it for me. The most crucial part.I don't lightly give out 1 star ratings, but this movie earned it in my view.
You read the plot synopsis, and then you watch the movie, and at first bit, its going that way. And then.. it just loses it. *sighs* I was fooled. I kept thinking it was going to turn around. And by the end of the movie, well it was too late.
(Magnolia/Magnet Films, 2009)
Note: mildly spoiler-ish review below
If, perhaps, you are a comicbook fan who thought that the TV series "Heroes" became deathly dull, slow, timid and repetitive, or that the "X-Men" films are a bit sluggish and top-heavy, or that in general movies about superheroes would have more action, better ideas and less exposition, then check this flick out.
Originally released in 2007 under the title "Opapatika," it's part of the recent wave of giddly, low-budget, high-concept action films coming out of Thailand, with a similar vibe to the earlier Honk Kong kung-fu/crime films of the 1990s. In this case, there's an interesting mix of concepts, blending super-powers with a weird variation on familiar themes of the undead: the opapatika are a unique breed of super-ghouls, humans who take their own lives (under certain circumstances which aren't made very clear) and are reborn as super-beings, each with their own unique power, and their own haunting past. Each opapatika faces a psychic backlash when they use their powers, including one seemingly central character who loses his senses -- sight, hearing, taste, etc. -- one by one as the action goes on. Many of the powers are familiar to comicbook readers: a speedster who kills his enemies faster than they can see, a berserker who loves to kill, a hitman who can instantly determine each opponent's weakest spots (and who has a great duel with an unkillable immortal foe), etc.
The logic of the plot and the arc of the script are often unclear (in part due to the translation, and also because that's just how these quickie Asian films are most of the time...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seriously I can't even understand this. There is such a thing as trying too hard to be artistic. What else can I say?Published on March 1, 2012 by Aaron Baker
i loved this movie! i'm a huge foreign movie buff, huge fight movie fanatic, and this fit the bill! Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by Deviant Eris
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