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The Mighty One

Reviewed by: megatone
Date: 09/15/2006
Summary: Bad plot nice action

The plot is absolutely terrible ("so you're my brother!" - what a big surprise...) and looks like a portion from a bigger script reduced to a minimum, but the action scenes are well done and choreographed. The evil villains are...colorful, especially the boss who looks like an albino who spent too much time under a UVA lamp.
Strangerly there isn't a real central invincible hero character, nobody is really a "mighty one", all have more than Achilles' heel and this adds to the feeling of incompleteness.
Blood runs but not enough to keep me from yawning.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 09/14/2006
Summary: 5/10 - muddled plot, inventive action

It's one of Hong Kong Cinema's more endearing features that film makers can take a fundamentally simple story that's been done 1000 times, and still manage to make it hard to follow. Too many scenes are like echoes of previous scenes, whilst at other times you wonder if the characters have forgotten what happened 10 minutes ago. Perhaps it's the subtitles, which do read rather like a dub script (Stock dub phrase "You must be tired of living" gets said many times!), but I think it's mostly down to the editing.

So, from a narrative/character/emotional point of view, the film was a definite bust for me... what I did follow, I didn't much care about. On the plus side, I was impressed with the action, which isn't always well implemented, but does feature some very imaginative and inventive ideas... including a couple of quite wonderful deaths :-)

Not a film for everyone, but perhaps worth a look for bored fans of the swordplay genre.

Reviewer Score: 5