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Plenty of Action As Criminals Take On The Hong Kong Police Force
gerrythree (firstname.lastname@example.org) from New York
16 August 2007
Director Benny Chan and staff do a mighty fine job with their cops and
robbers story, Invisible Target. Seven orphans who grew up in battle
torn countries take on most of the Hong Kong police force. These
orphans mean business as they go about their criminal activities. The
movie is almost all kinetic action, chases where the actors seem to
jump 20 feet down from roof top to roof top, as the HK police try to
stop the gang from getting the loot they are after. There are dull
sections,especially when Jaycee Chan is describing his bland philosophy
of policing, but, hey, the Chinese censors won't allow movies to be
released on the mainland unless they put the police in a good light.
In Invisible Target, you don't see any police (aided by goons hired by
real estate developers) clubbing farmers whose land was stolen, so a
new factory can be built, enriching the local Communist Party boss who
gets an ownership share in the factory. In the Shanxi province that
would be the brick factories that used kidnapped children and mentally
challenged adults as slave labor. But dealing with life's grim reality
in one of the world's great bastions of robber baron capitalism would
be too dull for most viewers, besides getting the HK filmmaker in big
trouble with the People's Public Security Bureau if he or she ever set
foot in mainland China.
So Benny Chan and company go the crime drama route, with shootings, car
chases and a great explosion sequence at the start that keys in a major
plot element. If there is one thing wrong with this movie, it is
another scene at the start where Jaycee Chan's cop gives a ticket to a
guy for parking illegally, a big mouth who is out with his young son.
When Jackie Chan's cop character in Police Story 2 stopped and ticketed
a line of trucks (all Nissan trucks, then and now a Chan corporate
sponsor), it showed Chan was no nonsense when it came to his job.
Jaycee's parking ticket scene is a crummy way to introduce his
character, people nowadays don't like cops or anyone else who gives out
Invisible Target is a good way to spend a little over two hours
watching a very well made if improbable crime story.
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