City Under Siege (Chun sing gai bei) (2010)
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Not a bad Hong Kong sci-fi-action flick, but it's a bit complete mess. The lead character is insipid and uninteresting, the storyline is poorly developed, and the emotional subplots are laughable and unconvincing.
Shu Qi and Zhang Jingchu aren't bad in their roles, and some of the kung-fu action is decent. There's also Aaron Kwok and his crazy overacting - and hey, if entertainment has a name, it's Aaron Kwok.
Despite this major setback, Benny Chan (Invisible Target, New Police Story) who has a track record churning out entertaining action flicks over the years is still an adept hand in conducting massive mayhem be it on the highway or high-rise buildings with his frequent collaborator, action choreographer Nicky Li. Obviously when it comes to action sequences, no one do it better other than Chan and Li with the nimble combination of wirefu and explosions. The various fight sequences populated with plenty of CG enhanced daggers turned out to be less memorable and engaging this time though it will still please the action fans seeing Colin Chou sparring with Wu Jing and so on. I see Chou is yet again in a one-dimensional, poorly-written baddie role that he so commonly portrayed in the nineties.
Benny Chan's City Under Siege doesn't live up to its name, yet it does find a way to amuse.The story is straightforward, while the storytelling is uneven. The 1 hour 50 minute run time contains the humor, the action, and even some drama; however, overall the film feels somewhat, for lack of a better word, cheesy. That isn't to say that this is an awful picture because it is entertaining in a silly way.Given the talent of a few of the actors, the martial arts wire-fu action is lacking in quantity. As for the quality, it is pretty good despite some overload on the makeup and CG effects.The cast is loaded and Aaron Kwok is the star of the show. His performance is the most notable piece in the entire film, aside from some of the action segments. Simply put, Shu Qi is nothing out of the ordinary. Jingchu Zhang, Wu Jing, and Collin Chou never reach their full potential and this is a disappointment.City Under Siege does have its flaws and its satisfaction level is a toss up. Not a high recommendation, but one to take a chance on.
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