Nan er ben se (Invisible Target) Reviews
Invisible Target follows three cops who team up to bring down a criminal gang of seven, who all have their own hidden agenda. The movie brings nothing new to Martial Art genre but it's done well and is largely enjoyable despite being predictable. Though it is largely uneven, the first half is action packed with enough plot to prevent it from feeling just another brainless action film. The second half of the movie is slow with minimal action set pieces, plus it doesn't help that the movie is way to long for it's own good. At two hours it just pads out scenes that are too long and stretched out to the point where you just want to fast forward to the action. The action here is great, although a little too much wire work will take out some viewers from the realism of the movie. The cast acting is almost on the same level of their fighting skills and Jaycee Chan (son of Jackie Chan) is not to bad himself, just don't expect him to do anything like his father. Invisible Target also has one of my favorite underrated Martial Artist, Wu Jing, who has done some impressive work in his career and he doesn't disappoint here. He makes a great villain and it's disappointing that he doesn't get more roles that gives him a chance to showcase his talent.
Invisible Target is predictable and nothing new in the Martial Art genre, but it still entertains thanks to a decent plot and great fight scenes. While too long for its own good you'll filled satisfied with the end result.
I liked the acting from the main 3 leading characters. Nicholas Tse is great as the reckless loose cannon cop Chan Chun. A broken individual due to the death of his fiancee and willing to put his body on the line to catch criminals. Tse did a lot of the stunts in this movie himself. Equally as good is Shawn Yue as Inspector Fong - the cop with a cool charisma and who thought he was a bad ass (check out his introduction in this movie) but gets his ass whupped good and proper by Tien. Wu Jing is amazing as the villain Tien and all 3 characters have an incredible fight as we come to the climax. It takes one of the characters to sacrifice himself to finally take Tien down but before that the man is like a force of nature. There's absolutely no stopping him. Jackie Chan's son Jaycee does remarkably well in his role as Wai. The three cops get plenty of opportunities to bring their sheer energy to the breathtaking action on show and even though it may seem that there was no wirework in the movie, there was some used but it was all edited out by the power of CG.
If you need to have a bit of an Asian action fix then Invisible Target is fantastic. Director Benny Chan knows how to make a seriously good action movie and it is the action that drives the movie forward not the storyline unfortunately but if you're happy with that then this movie will not disappoint.