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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
HK Neo Reviews: Hard Target, 22 November 2011
6/10

Director John Woo's first venture into Hollywood was not without its obstacles. With Van Damme being one of Hollywood's bright action stars back in the early 90s, it is pretty much certain that Woo lacked what he received in his later works – control. The film for most of it, seems uneven, especially when there are scenes you can clearly see as Woo's footprints all over it and there are others that are just plain awful. Still, if you ignore the bad acting from Van Damme, poor pacing, poor editing, there is still fun to be had. Namely the majority of the shooting sequences, a wonderful villainous turn by future "The Mummy" star – Lance Henriksen and a few pigeons to boost, Hard Target is really not that bad…

Neo rates it 6/10.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
HK Neo Reviews: Friends with Benefits, 22 November 2011
4/10

Whatever it is that made Natalie Portman's No String Attached worked out fine, the same cannot be said about Friends with Benefits. The movie just does not cut it and the chemistry is just not there. Not to say the least, I am no admirer of Justin Timberlake's acting talent and apart from Social Network; the lad has zero acting ability and should take some acting classes. Despite being picture perfect, Mila Kunis does not add much to her role apart from being beautiful for beautiful sake. At the end of the day, Friends with Benefits does not work because it doesn't walk the talk. From the start the movie pokes fun at romantic comedies and the clichés of love, only to go back into the Hollywood syndrome by the film ending credits. Basically, this film does not convince me and pretty much an unnecessary affair…

Neo rates it 4/10.

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
HK Neo Reviews: Beach Spike, 22 November 2011
2/10

If you watch Beach Spike as a film, it will be so terrible that you just want to smash the TV screen in front of you. However, Beach Spike is not a film, but rather a showcase for the "le-mo" bouncing up and down in their bikini and on a beach playing volleyball. While the film first few volleyball match seems to satisfy the eager awaiting candy coated eyes of the drooling audiences. The same cannot be said about the final showdown. Rather than focusing on key body parts, the camera cuts and edits and fade away. For the expecting audience, this is clearly bad filmmaking at its worst. Therefore coming into this film, it is best to not view this as a film, but rather a chance to get to know the likes of Chrissie Chau, Theresa Fu and Jessica C. Apart from that, fans of Lam Suet can rejoice. Otherwise, stay away.

Neo rates it 2/10.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
HK Neo Reviews: Welcome to the Rileys, 22 November 2011
7/10

Welcome to the Rileys is a film that takes human emotions seriously. It spend a lot of time with the characters, concentrating on small details, the things they do and the way they live and interact. It is in all essence about how different people deal with problems in life in their own ways. What impresses me here is certainly how well Kristen Stewart played her role. Stewart is undoubtedly talented, but here she is full of raw emotions, real and ultimately flawed. Not an easy role to play, but she pulled it off beautifully. James Gandolfini gives a conflictingly good performance and as does Melissa Leo. All in all, Welcome to the Rileys takes you on a journey and keeps you there. Maybe not affecting, but a good film nonetheless…

Neo rates it 7.5/10.

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
HK Neo Reviews: Love in Space, 22 November 2011
7/10

Surprisingly Love in Space works and despite using all the clichés, corny love quotes and cheesy confessions of love. It works because the film never takes itself too seriously, nor does it try to be profound. It is a simple Fruit Chan's production that shows couples getting together and nothing more. Indeed, chemistry between co-stars is a must and the casting is undoubtedly a success. Aaron Kwok and Rene Liu convinces as a corny space couple, Eason Chan and the talented Guey Lun Mei shows honest emotions and surprising Angelababy impresses for the first time. With some parts of the film being shot in Sydney, one must question why isn't more films shot in this beautiful city. Despite all the cheesiness and corniness, the film somehow reminded me to treasure someone more. All in all, Love in Space works and it makes me happy….

Neo rates it 7.5/10.

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
HK Neo Reviews: Lan Kwai Fong, 22 November 2011
7/10

This is probably as real and realistic as its gets in terms of making movies about night clubbing in the infamous LKF. It helps with all three actresses being hot (namely Dada, Jeana and Shinga). Then again, with such a trio of sexual powers exposing in every scenes, it is difficult not to enjoy the process. In fact this movie is actually a direct influence from a Taiwanese movie called "9pm to 5am", but the Hong Kong factor adds an extra dimension. Although nothing really is said about anything, LKF works because it is not about anything, but the ride, the process and the fun to go with it. It is sexy, carefree and pretty much oozing hotness everywhere. It's been a long time, since a pure Hong Kong film that talks, live and breathe the Hong Kong lifestyle and LKF serves out exactly that…

Neo rates it 7/10.

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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
HK Neo Reviews: The Sorcerer and the White Snake, 22 November 2011
6/10

Since 2001, I have not missed a single Jet Li film in the cinemas. His latest is a spin-off/remake of the HK's 90s classic Green Snake. It is one of those films where you need to suspend your beliefs and just enjoy the cheesiness of the CGI created imaginary world. Although there will never be a better duo of snakes beauty in Joey Wong and Maggie Cheung, the replacement duo in Eva Huang and Charlene Choi does well. Sadly the biggest acting fraud in the 21st Century comes in the form of TVB's favourite Raymond Lam. The lad simply cannot act and his attempts at acting are quite frankly awful to say the least. Despite all the cheesiness and mo-lei-tau playback of the early 90s, the film somehow works out. Along with an assured performance from monk-like Jet Li and some creative directing from Ching Siu-tung. The Sorcerer and the White Snake isn't bad and could have been a lot worse…

Neo rates it 6.25/10.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
HK Neo Reviews: Crazy Stupid Love, 22 November 2011
7/10

Crazy Stupid Love works because it put a lot of focus on characters, casting the right people and pure cynical-ism in the mix. Steve Carell is outstanding as the tormented soul turned player/father and Emma Stone steals scenes like she always does. As for Ryan Gosling, he is almost unrecognisable as a ladies' man. One of the best pick up line involves responding to a female target with "boring and impress me". Still, this film isn't about picking up, but rather about life and more defined – the process of life in general. Unlike most films, the ending here does not really matter, but rather the long process of getting there. A good film with good acting and probably something to say in the process as well…

Neo rates it 7.5/10.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
HK Neo Reviews: The Graduate, 22 November 2011
9/10

As much I love movies, I actually never thought, I would watch a 60s classic. In saying so, The Graduate isn't your usual cliché fair; in fact it is something special. Apart from launching Dustin Hoffman's career, The Graduate provides a cynical view on love, relationships and life. In doing so, it feels more like a Woody Allen movie and without a doubt for the next 40-50 years it has inspired, referred or referenced by many other films. I remember in 500 Days of Summer, there is a quote – "Tom completely mis-read The Graduate". Years ago, I will probably have mis-read this film as well, perhaps it is timely I waited till now. Regardless, this is truly a wonderful film and a magnificent soundtrack to boot…

Neo rates it 9/10.

- www.thehkneo.com

Real Steel (2011)
1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
HK Neo Reviews: Real Steel, 22 November 2011
8/10

A wise person name – Johnny Wong once eluded this film as inspired by Chow Yun Fat's classic father-son drama – All About Ah Long. Wise words indeed. Then again, Hugh Jackman hardly ever puts a foot wrong in terms of movie selections. Here, Jackman is at his best in this father-son drama disguised in a robotic "Rocky" boxing plot line. It is a movie that is filled with clichés and more clichés. If you seen Rocky and numerous underdog boxing movies, Red Steel is exactly that. Saying true and simple and with an extreme focus on the father-son relationship, Real Steel is ultimately touching, moving, teary and fun to watch. It is one of those movies that lifts you, inspire you despite its obvious flaws. On an end note – "let's keep this as a secret"…

Neo rates it 8/10.

- www.thehkneo.com


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