Reviewed by: mrblue
Dead Target, like many B-list action pictures produced during the early 1990's, feels like someone threw a movie script into a blender and the director decided to work with whatever mixed-up sludge came out. The proceedings here oftentimes don't make a lick of sense and calling the production a "shoestring budget" would probably be generous. But Dead Target still offers up enough action and (mostly unintentional) comedy to make it worth a viewing.
Reviewer Score: 6
The film's plot has Poon Chi Man as a soldier who is trying to protect a Thai relic from an unscrupulous gweilo (Conwyn Sperry). He manages to hide it away, but years later, Mr. Evil Gweilo returns to find it, and uses Poon's granddaughter (Sharon Kwok) as bait. Teaming up with an Interpol agent (Chin Siu Ho), the trio try and stop the relic from falling into the wrong hands.
The plot is pretty basic, but it doesn't really get into just how nutty Dead Target gets. This movie has to have the most topless transsexuals ever outside of a porno -- I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but it sure does keep things interesting to say the least and differentiates Dead Target from movies of a similar ilk. There's also some decent fight sequences and a smattering of gore. Unfortunately, there's no sex or drug use, but Dead Target is already over-the-top enough that it doesn't really need anything else in those departments.
Ultimately, there are a couple of things that hold Dead Target back from being a true B-movie classic. The pacing is way off -- there's just too much time thrown into exposition scenes that end up going nowhere. The editing is also substandard. For instance, in one scene, the gang is fighting on a train in the middle of the night. In the next, the world's fastest sunrise must have happened, because it looks to be about noon. Still, if you're not too nit-picky and are in the mood for a good brainless action flick, then Dead Target is right up your alley.
[review from www.hkfilm.net]
Reviewed by: spinali
An evil Caucasian jewel smuggler named Robertson (Conwyn Sperry) enlists a small army to steal a map leading to a rare Chinese treasure hidden in Thailand; however, a grandfather and his daughter (Chin Siu Ho, Sharon Louise Kwok) evade the villain's forces while passing through what looks like a paid advertisement for the country's scenic and cultural wonders. The movie's nearly dense as granite with fight and chase scenes, a few of them quite witty, as well as near deadly encounters with drag queens, alligators, river torrents, kung fu elephants, and hot flying vegetables (!?). Thankfully for our heroes, bullets in Thailand follow different laws of physics than in our world; thankfully for us, their adventures are enjoyable enough to forgive such minor lapses.
Reviewer Score: 7
[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]