The Bullet Vanishes– movie review
Lau Ching Wan has played the quiet, reliable man, who is deeper than he looks, and can be depended to turn in a solid performance. Nic Tse has become more than a spoilt brat, and together they make this into more than what the sum of the parts are.
Hong Kong’s film industry has gone down the drain creatively, and it’s sad that they need to hash together this movie from parts and bits from many recent Hollywood hits to make this.
Those familiar with Robert Downing Jr’s Sherlock, and Inspector Galileo from Japan will see many familiar elements. There is an exact duplicate of the slo-mo explosion scene from the first episode, and they even borrow the theme music from Inspector Galileo, and the blackboard scenes… the music, the clothes and the mood and even the grain of the film borrows heavily from the former movie.
But even so, the two protagonists show so much solid chemistry together, that you tend to excuse these and focus on how well the two combine in a reverse buddy cop movie about a murder mystery in a munitions factory, where there is no bullet found and Lau is tasked to come and investigate this.
Lau is the intellect, and Nic Tse is the quick draw gunfighter, with brains. They are the perfect counterfoil, and make for a good team to solve the mystery. The end is a tad contrived, but it’s a solid effort nevertheless.
Action the Blu Ray has superb PQ, and a DTS-MA 7.1 sound track is well engineered, with good steering and use of surrounds, and impactful bass. This makes the BR disc a potential demo disc, despite the less than sterling plot
Chick factor: reasonably with some eye candy and a rather forced sex scene… Cecilia Cheung are you watching?
Worth a rental, and for Canton Movie buffs and especially those of Lau, worth the price of the BR Disc.
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