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So Close (2003)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: This HK actioner oozes with style.

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

Critics Consensus: This HK actioner oozes with style.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 9,094

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jeffrey Lau
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 30, 2003
Runtime:
Strand Releasing - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for So Close

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
Top Critic

Luscious superstar Shu Qi and action expert Corey Yuen prove that Hong Kong movies can still deliver the goods Hollywood can't.

Full Review… | September 13, 2003
Salon.com
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A brilliant example of the genre.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Contains some clever set-pieces, mostly involving a Cyrano-type communication between the sisters.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | January 21, 2004
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

spectacular girl on girl fights

Full Review… | January 19, 2004
Filmcritic.com

could suck a tennis ball through a keyhole

Full Review… | December 31, 2003
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?

Full Review… | October 8, 2003
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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2003
Oz
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hong Kong action delirium at its best

Full Review… | September 18, 2003
culturevulture.net

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

Full Review… | September 13, 2003
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
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).

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
Oregonian

Every shot in So Close is a compositional masterpiece.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003

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.

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DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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.

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skactopus
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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.

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deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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...

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Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

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