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橫行霸盜 (2002)

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 07/05/2006
Summary: michael wong, more like michael wrong...

now, i've seen films where michael wong is just bad and you can kind of gloss over it; not here. he's just dreadful, to the point where you are embarassed on his behalf; regarless of whether he's attempting to speak cantonese or delivering a monotone flow of english, he's bad. that's it, he's just simply bad. very bad. he should not be in films.

simon yam and eric tsang, on the other hand, are good; it's just a shame that they agreed to be in this shitty film...

the aforementioned three are 'partners' (can you see where they got the title from?) in crime; robbers, to be precise. they're in thailand, robbing a bank, planning to steal some gems from a ganglord and generally causing bother. however, when one of the three starts hijacking their work to take care of personal business, things go awry and the partnership becomes threatened.

there's nothing clever about this film, the action sequences are dreadful, the music (apart from the opera) is dreadful; it's trying really hard to be good, but it just falls flat. the best thing about it is it's 80 minute running time.


Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 10/26/2005

In the over-saturated world of crime movies, it takes something special for a film to stand out, and unfortunately, Partners just doesn't have that. I wouldn't say it's as bad as some other reviews have made it out to be, but it really does have that kind of "me too" flavor going -- and it takes a lot more than that these days to impress viewers. Despite their best intentions, the film-makers do everything pretty much by the book and ultimately that is Partners's downfall.

The casting at first doesn't bode well for the movie; Simon Yam is a lock in a crime movie, but Eric Tsang and Michael Wong? Tsang is well-known for his comedic roles, where he usually over-acts like a monkey on crack, and Michael Wong, well, he's Michael Wong, the man that can simultaneously murder both Cantonese and English in the same sentence. Thankfully, Tsang reigns in his manic energy and manages to give a good dramatic performance, and the film-makers wisely decided to just let Mikey deliver most of his lines in English (which, as any long-time HK film fan will tell you, is much better than his attempts at Cantonese).

The problem is that the actors don't have much to work with. Partners's plot is standard stuff all the way. Yam, Tsang and Wong play a group of thieves whose loyalty to each other is put to the test when Tsang takes a dangerous job for personal reasons. And that's about it. There are the requisite plot twists and double-crosses, but most anyone will see them coming a mile away, and the flat script doesn't help matters any. It's nothing horrible, but we've seen this thing done so many times before, and better. By the time Partners ends, the viewer is left with a kind of "that's it?" feeling, as if there should have been something more to the film, but there's not.

Things are not all bad. The movie for the most part is technically well-done, with a few scenes that have some striking cinematography, and the action bits are fairly good, if a bit too dependent on flashy "MTV-style" editing. There is also some nice comedy in the movie, such as Michael's aborted attempts to pick up on Mary Kwan (especially when contrasted with Wong's "gweilo pimp" image recent movies have had with him, where he gets to bed beautiful women with little effort). But, once again, even though for the most part Partners is a decent movie, in the end, that's all it really is. There is none of the gusto that highlight the classics of the genre, and as such, the film can only warrant a mild recommendation.

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Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 05/26/2004

A basic triad vs. police action movie with 2 great stars like Yam and Tsang in the cast, this has the potential to be a pretty good film. Unfortunately, the script is pretty weak and Michael Wong sucks the life out of another film with a wooden, inept performance. I'm amazed and amused that he continues to get film work. I liked the movie though, Yam never disappoints.

Reviewer Score: 7