Magic to Win (2011)
Average Rating: 4.5/10
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When a down-on-her-luck college student inherits magical powers from her mysterious professor, she finds herself caught up in a war among wizards. Realizing she holds the only key from preventing the destruction of the universal timeline, she joins forces with other keepers of ancient magic in an attempt to save the world. -- (C) China Lion
Dec 9, 2011 Limited
China Lion Films
Mostly this is just aggravating, as the volleyball girls flap and pout, the wizards glower and prance and the film trundles from one half-hearted and predictable action sequence to another.
Yip's earlier films "Ip Man" and "Ip Man 2" also might have been wildly uneven, but at least they satisfied a basic craving for good action. "Magic to Win" turns up as a real loser.
Its buoyancy may not redeem its predictability, but it makes the movie bearable and even enjoyable at times.
Several chaotic and dizzying plotlines finally take us to a happy ending: I'm not sure how many converts the movie is going to make.
Magic to Win has a promising start and a couple of nice ideas, but it quickly wears out its welcome thanks to dodgy special effects and a plot that basically amounts to a bunch of wizards throwing inconsequential CGI light bolts at each other.
Bouncy but thin Hong Kong comedy in which a college co-ed develops magical powers that place her and her friends in danger.
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- Magic to Win (Kai Xin Mo Fa) (DE)
- Magic to Win (Kai Xin Mo Fa) (CA)