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So Close (2003)

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64

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

This HK actioner oozes with style.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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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

Dec 30, 2003

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (7) | DVD (11)

If stiletto-heeled heroines outfoxing legions of dunderheaded males are what you're looking for, seek no more.

September 20, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Luscious superstar Shu Qi and action expert Corey Yuen prove that Hong Kong movies can still deliver the goods Hollywood can't.

September 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Charlie's Angels only wish -- in some corner of their empty, overstimulated minds -- that they were as cool as the chicks in So Close.

September 12, 2003
Seattle Times
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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.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

September 12, 2003
New York Post
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A brilliant example of the genre.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Contains some clever set-pieces, mostly involving a Cyrano-type communication between the sisters.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Part of the feedback loop created when The Matrix, which co-opted Hong Kong filmmaking styles, began to influence Asian cinema itself.

January 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

spectacular girl on girl fights

January 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

could suck a tennis ball through a keyhole

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...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?

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

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.

October 6, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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eFilmCritic.com

The action in So Close is so giddily relentless that it makes you realize how stodgy most American tough-guy movies are.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hong Kong action delirium at its best

September 18, 2003 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

So Close is executed with so much style and expertise that it's bound to end up a guilty-pleasure favorite.

September 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's high-octane estrogen designed for unisex consumption, addictive action-film eye candy for boys and girls.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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).

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Every shot in So Close is a compositional masterpiece.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

A forgettable import, a film that possesses too much style by half but unlike the films of John Woo or Tsui Hark never knows well enough to abandon the action for a moment of simple, cogent thought.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Audience Reviews for So Close

This should rank as a guity pleasure but falls short even at that. It is as bad as the Charlies Angel's films, just less annoying, and with women who are actually attractive (except Karen Mok, heh). For a cheesy-but-fun all female actioner go for The Heroic Trio instead of this.
December 20, 2008
DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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This action adventure is a cross between the Charlie's Angels' films from America and the Raider (Tokyo and Seoul) films from China. Put these two series together and you have a better than average action movie.The story turns out to be more deep than one may expect and while it does have its dramatic points, it is hard to complain about them when it involves Shu Qi or Zhao Wei. This film is about an 1 hour and 50 minutes and it does seem a bit long for a movie like this, but that is because of the slow segments, which are the meat of the story.There is a good amount of action throughout this film and each of the 3 female leads gets a chance to shine. For the most part, the action is nothing spectacular and the CG is a little weak. Director Corey Yuen decides to go with a handful of slow motion shots for the fights and some upbeat music in the background, like the Raider films. If you like this kind of stuff, then this is the movie for you. The last 20 minutes is one long action sequence, which includes guns, hand-to-hand combat, and swordplay. The swordplay at this part is pretty impressive, if I may say so. We can thank Yasuaki Kurata, from Jet Li's Fist of Legend, for being the villain in this fight.The acting is everything you expect from a film like this. The females are pretty, but they also do a decent job with their characters. Shu Qi is Shu Qi. Zhao Wei, of Shaolin Soccer fame, does a good job, especially in the second half. Karen Mok actually shows that she is the better actor and fighter of the three.So Close is not an explosive big budget action adventure, but this is still a good watch to pass the time.
July 30, 2008
skactopus
JY Skacto

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Fantastic high-octane thriller and very sexy on two sisters (Shu Qi and Zhao Wei) as professional assassins with amazing high-tech and kung-fu skills.
August 26, 2007
deano
Dean McKenna

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W O W ! This movie is completely amazed me! I love the story that they made with the great character picks too... So bad one of them must die first...
June 4, 2006
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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