Mary Poppins Returns
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. This is a film noir that is, despite some jittery, Tony Scott-esque action sequences, so cool, that you will leave it begging for a sequel.
Fans will be thrilled that the auteur hasn't missed a beat with "Wild City," although he appears to be making the same concessions to the Chinese market as his contemporaries.
Respectable but average ...
Although "Wild City" might not be top-drawer Lam, that he has released his first feature film in 12 years is a cause for celebration.
While the movie boasts visceral fight scenes, the storyline is so unbelievable, it's hard to connect with the characters.
Storytelling coherence is sacrificed at the altar of action.
The fight scenes ... are staged in the filmmaker's typically professional fashion, and the thrilling car chases in populated areas flaunt a blissful ignorance of civilian casualties.
In his first feature-length picture since 2003, director Ringo Lam he seems more concerned with philosophizing about the damaging effects of money and greed than he is in delivering an entertaining action picture.
There's nothing bad about this movie, but there's nothing that good about it either. You'd think after Ringo Lam's decade-long inactivity in the Hong Kong film industry that he'd come back with something a little more biting and edgier than this. The film certainly gets the job done in giving you something that's watchable, something that won't make you pull your hair out, but it's content to be just that. I don't think it ever wants to be anything more than what it is and I think that's part of what holds it back. Not to mention the fact that the characters lack depth. Another thing is the fact that the lead characters, for the most part, are always a step or two ahead of the villains and that makes caring about anything that happens lack importance or relevance. They either get the best of the bad guys in fight scenes or chase sequences, so what's the point of putting them in tense situations if they always end up with the upper hand anyway. At least there is a part of the film where the leads are working at a disadvantage or are trying to save someone. It was too late by that point, though, so it doesn't really amount to much. Not to mention that it feels kinda forced in there, like they figured it out too late that they needed to give something so the leads wouldn't just waltz through every obstacle put in front of them. The acting is decent enough, but there's nothing special about it. Like the actors just don't look motivated enough to be there or to give their best. Though, to be fair, the script didn't really do them any favors. This just ends up being underwhelming, to be honest, despite being a decently made film. It's just like Ringo Lam was asleep through the entirety of the filming. I hate to say that this feels lifeless, because I've seen worse movies than this, but there's literally nothing about this that felt like it had any real effort put into it. This is an average movie, at best, but it's one of the worst average movies I've ever seen and I wouldn't recommend it. Here's to hoping Ringo Lam's next film is a vast improvement over this one.
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