A stylishly-directed, intelligent and well-acted murder mystery brimming with thrills, suspense and intrigue. It deserves an American remake.
| Original Score: 8.85/10
Forget about your local Cineplex. This is genuine summer entertainment.
This China/Hong Kong co-production is lively, stylish and well-performed; it just doesn't know when to stop.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dig deeply and you may find a metaphor about corrupt, uncompassionate government. But mostly "The Bullet Vanishes" is an agreeable period buddy movie, and that's plenty.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
"The Bullet Vanishes" charges ahead at a perfect clip. Lo's delightful, hyperbolic audacity includes sharpshooter Guo's knack for banking bullets off walls to hit bad guys, as if playing pool.
| Original Score: 3/4
This Chinese period thriller set in 1930's Shanghai boasts a fiendishly clever plot and gorgeous production elements.
Police track "phantom bullet" murders in this moody, twisty period mystery set in a Chinese munitions factory.
The presence of action hero Nicholas Tse and a winning performance by Lau Ching-wan go a long way to ensuring this handsome if underdone mystery-thriller is as engaging as it is.
It's a prevailing sense of decency that explains why The Bullet Vanishes is such an effective tonic for summer-movie fatigue.
As far as cheap knock-offs go, Ching-Wan Lau (of Johnnie To's Life Without Principle) as newly minted National Police Officer Song is a fairly flattering imitation.
When two charming detectives are sent in to detect stuff, the movie comes to life with their antsy, noose-escaping, quasi-vaudevillian kinetics.
Any caseworking suspense is drowned out by an over-abundance of visual pizazz: disjointed shootouts, arbitrary camera angles and cinematography that draws the eye to lighting patterns, not people.
| Original Score: 2.5/5