Our credit card has been hacked (sigh, what’s new) and bad guys are running amok with it in Texas, eating at McDonald’s, shopping at WalMart and filling up their cars. 🙁
Booh, they steal our credit card and eat at McDonald’s!
Man, what’s wrong with these modern-day criminals. These motha*ckas got no class.
Schade, none at all.
But since Indians are good at making lemonade even out of a lemon, we took the new replacement credit card to RedBox today and got ourselves another free movie (via the coupon codes).
Shows you can’t keep a desi down for long. 😉
Since we’re in a foreign mood these days, we picked the Cantonese movie Legendary Assassin.
Released in December 2008, Legendary Assassin can hardly qualify for a spot in the canon of legendary films.
But definitely a watchable movie with solid stunts and good acting by the lead character Wu Jing (also the co-director) and decent performances by Celina Jade as well as the lesser players like the fatso criminal, the comic policeman, the police chief et al.
Cinema, as you schmucks may or may not know, is mostly about photography (lighting), acting, a gripping story and if it’s an action film, we definitely need a good dose of adrenalin pumping stunts.
Legendary Assassin scores more than a passing grade on all of these points.
An action film set in an island off Hong Kong, the movie centers around a nomadic loner and martial arts expert Bo, played with great verve and skill by Chinese actor Wu Jing.
Bo is on the island on some important business. No, we aint gonna tell you more.
When an Category-5 Hurricane cancels all the ferries, Bo is stuck on the Island and as he’s walking around looking for accommodation bumps into a pretty local policewoman Holly (Celina Jade) in the oddest manner possible.
There are two intersecting stories here – the first about the brutal murder of notorious gangster Chairman Ma, the bizarre theft of his head and search for his head; and the second revolving around Bo, Holly and the activities in the small police station.
The lighting and the stunts involved in the murder of the gangster Ma pleased us no end.
Wu Jing is a good actor, playing the role of a fighter with a quiet stoicism with impressive effect. Sad, how few young Indian actors, with rare exception like Ranbhir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, can spell the word acting.
Celina Jade, who looks like a younger, shorter version of Sandra Bullock, is endearing but truth be said not that convincing as a cop.
The fight scenes, the first involving Chairman Ma’s murder, the second in the restaurant and the others were executed well.
And the love angle was handled with nice subtlety!
Sadly, the last 20-minutes was a letdown with the one-man demolition army Bo beating to pulp 100 members of Madame Ma’s criminal empire.
Overall, Legendary Assassin is not a bad movie. If you live in the U.S., your neighborhood RedBox kiosk will likely stock this film.
Now if you jokers will excuse us, our tall glass of Gin beckons.