So Close (2003)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 7
This HK actioner oozes with style.
Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4
This HK actioner oozes with style.
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 9,057
A high tech corporation is sent into turmoil when hackers demanding ransom break into their internal computer system with a powerful and apparently unstoppable virus. A mysterious, beautiful young woman who calls herself "Computer Angel" quickly saves the business. But when she requests a meeting with the company's shady CEO, he gets more than he bargained for. Lynn (Shu Qi of The Transporter) turns out to be a highly skilled assassin, who knocks off the CEO with the help of her rambunctious
Jun 21, 2003 Wide
Dec 30, 2003
Strand Releasing - Official Site
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If stiletto-heeled heroines outfoxing legions of dunderheaded males are what you're looking for, seek no more.
Luscious superstar Shu Qi and action expert Corey Yuen prove that Hong Kong movies can still deliver the goods Hollywood can't.
Charlie's Angels only wish -- in some corner of their empty, overstimulated minds -- that they were as cool as the chicks in So Close.
Has moments of style and audacity, but the script is a shameless muddle and the shifts in tone -- from gooey romance to hard-driving, hyper-pop action -- give the impression that the movie was directed by six or seven people in alternating shift.
Hong Kong's answer to Charlie's Angels has big guns, hot chicks and cool gadgets -- hooked into a junky killers-for-hire narrative so nonsensical it practically neutralizes any guilty-pleasure positives.
Contains some clever set-pieces, mostly involving a Cyrano-type communication between the sisters.
Part of the feedback loop created when The Matrix, which co-opted Hong Kong filmmaking styles, began to influence Asian cinema itself.
...wait'll you get to the movie's finale, which shamelessly cribs from Die Hard but adds kung fu chicks and samurai swords. Honestly, haven't you always hoped someone would do that?
A movie that's notable not so much for actually being well made, but for being exactly what a large chunk of the audience lives for - explosions, fighting & girls in next to no clothes.
The action in So Close is so giddily relentless that it makes you realize how stodgy most American tough-guy movies are.
So Close is executed with so much style and expertise that it's bound to end up a guilty-pleasure favorite.
It's high-octane estrogen designed for unisex consumption, addictive action-film eye candy for boys and girls.
Action scenes make the 'acting' scenes look vacuous, and you wonder why Yuen bothered with mushy memories, emotive close-ups and lyrical injections of They Long to Be (Close to You).
A terribly stylish telling of a terribly ordinary tale, but it's built of such nifty action sequences and with such an unabashedly sentimental heart that you wind up enjoying yourself more, really, than you ought.
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