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Nice followup may not be as strong as the first, but remains entertaining.
The sequel of 1998's Storm Riders is a basically 300: the martial arts movie. It has been designed as a special effects extravaganza with many epic battles (which is expected when good and evil come to the party). Disappointed, the result, though, is often visually second-rate. With almost no dialogue (a mixed blessing) or character development. Storm Warriors also completely overuses slow-motions. When someone's fist has actually hit its target, so much time has passed you've forgotten what they're supposed to be fighting about. Despite its many, many failing.
Believe it, I really liked the original one than this sequel.
The Pang's Storm Warriors is a film that falls short of expectations.
The alternate title, Storm Riders 2, is deceiving, because other than the 2 main characters, any other resemblance to the first film isn't visible, if there is any at all.
The plot is as thin as ice. The dialogue comes in small amounts and there is just enough explanation to get by. The characters also lack sufficient development. With that said, this picture is roughly 110 minutes and more than half of that, including almost all of the final 45 minutes, is action oriented.
The action is extremely stylized as the fights contain tons of slow motions shots and CG effects. The slow motion disappoints, but the effects are quite amusing.
There are some big names in the cast; however it is really hard to praise, as well as fault the acting. The quantity of dialogue is low to begin with and it doesn't help when the 2 leads, Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng, have as few lines as they do. Charlene Choi also spends much of her time spitting out character names in her lines.
Other than the constant visual explosiveness, Storm Warriors is a tough film to get into. Approach with caution.
I'll start off by saying this is not a movie, but rather an experiment of how much CGI can be stuffed into 110 minutes of film. Seriously, this "movie" is boring, incoherent, preposterous, and featuring some of the dullest acting I've seen in years. When the two main characters have less dialogue then the supporting characters, somethings terribly wrong. And to be perfectly frank, the CGI isn't even all that good, just barely at the standard of Hollywood films. This is a perfect example of an overhyped, wasted effort to bring HK into a new age of blockbuster entertainment. Next time, focus should be on the story and action, then the CGI.
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