Bu er shen tan (Badges of Fury) (2013)
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If you enjoyed the wild antics in Kung Fu Hustle, then you'll likely have a good time with Badges of Fury. Over the top and ridiculous, Badges of Fury pushes extreme to its limits and takes the utmost pride in doing just that.
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I chose to see Badges of Fury simply because it starred Jet Li who I like alot and been months since I've last seen anything from him. Sadly despite being featured on the poster as the star he takes a backseat to his co-star in this poorly written and confused film.
Badges of Fury is about young maverick Wang and grizzled vet Huang being assigned an "eerie" case reaching a dead end after discovering all the victims were former boyfriends of aspiring starlet Liu making the detectives play a deadly game. The plot is clearly aimed to be a comedy, but is usually interrupted by long "dramatic" scenes dealing with the excitement of stocks, life insurance, needles, and couples bickering. The comedy on the other hand is not any better. Referencing Jet Li other movies we would likely rather watch and even referencing the much superior Police Story films. The comedy is believe it or not a major problem for the film. At times it attempts to be gritty only for the tension to be gone when seeing a cop jump over three cars on a bike with no ramp or the fact a man having sandals is an actual clue to finding out who the killer is. Most insulting of all the film has the nerve to make the villain a character who hardly ever appears on screen. Character development is virtually non existent. Even the mystery itself takes a backseat to a poorly written love story. Making one wonder if three incomplete scripts were just jumble to together considering the incoherence of the material it wouldn't be shocking.
Director Wong Tsz-ming is doing his best imitation of Stephen Chow without any success. Including in the goofy opening credits where Jet Li literally shoots a bullet made up of the cast of actors. Wong Tsz relies too much on over the top comedic slapstick and heavy CG physical humor to get a laugh. Creating a problem that effect his fight scenes as well. The fight scenes are given a serious tone going against the comedic tone. It's difficult to take a fight scene seriously when we suddenly see an old man summoning a dragon and Jet Li cloning himself eight times. As for the choreography of these fights scene they feel force to shoehorned in some kind of humor into them. Making them feel disjointed and clunky. Jet Li is entirely wasted here. He never gets a chance to showcase his acting chops and sadly is only here for some poor fight scenes. Zheng Wen attempt to do his best with the poor material, but only gets a couple of meagle chuckles. As for the ladies they're simply here to be eye candy which fails. There only so many times one can tolerate hearing a good looking woman talk about her fail relationships within an hour and a half.
Badges of Fury is like a Stephen Chow's film minus the finer production values and the core essentials that make his films fun. Badges of Fury doesn't know what it wants to be nor how to do it creating a mess of a film that leaves it audiences unsatisfied with the results.
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