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死亡網絡 (2000)

Reviewed by: White Dragon
Date: 11/16/2005

In the course of a routine triad investigation, police officer Ted Chan (Simon Yam) happens across a young woman dousing herself with petrol who immolates herself, then leaps to her death from the roof of her housing estate. A number of similarly bizarre suicides crop up and, with the assistance of his colleague Gigi (Lillian Chan), Ted traces correlating links back to a website named The Webpage of Death lauded over by the anonymous God Of Death.

A cheap and cheerless thriller from THE UNTOLD STORY 2 director Andy Ng, this one fails to engage on many levels – most notably as a suspense thriller. Indeed, any viewer with even a rudimentary knowledge of filmmaking technique will guess the identity of the God Of Death very early in the piece. Some nifty stunt deaths and cursory commentary over the perils of the internet and online predators are virtually thrown away. Pretty lacklustre on all counts, and definitely lacking in the prerequsite tension that makes for a good thriller. As noted below, predictable and thoroughly unengaging from start to its well-telegraphed-in-advance finale. Simon...what were you thinking?

Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: sharkeysbar
Date: 06/13/2005
Summary: 404 Page Not Found

Oh boy where to begin with This film is very predictable, very pedestrian and suffers from many shortcomings, it is one with the lot. I can't say it was enjoyable, just very lame, Simon Yam can't save it, it lacks a coherent story, let alone a thrilling one! Plenty of continuity errors, if they are your buzz, but to tell the truth I was sorely tempted to hit the fast forward. I endured the 90 minutes and can't say I was entertained.
At the end the first thought that entered my mind was, too bad it didn't have an error message; 404 Page Not Found.

Reviewed by: MilesC
Date: 12/16/2000
Summary: Poor Simon...

I've certainly hated some of this year's high-profile releases, (Born To Be King, Sausalito) but they just don't compare to true bottom of the barrel slop like this. Predictable, simplistic, dull, poorly plotted... The best thing to be said for is that it's short. An additional annoyance for those who can't read Chinese are the unsubtitled computer chat sessions... Though from what I could make out they are as bland and predictable as the rest of the movie. ("God of Death, I really want to die, can you help me?" That's some fine undercover work there.)You can safely miss this one.