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Invisible Target – Review January 1, 2010

Posted by Cello in Movie Reviews.

Invisible Target follows the rise of the Ronin Gang, a group of highly skilled robbers affecting the lives of three policemen drastically. Each of the three policemen: Fang, Jing Hau and Chen, have their own inner demons but all three are motivated to achieve a common goal: to bring the leader of the Ronin Gang to justice. Screenplay for this film lacked discipline and cohesiveness. The character development is a bit overlong and quite frankly, Benny Chan fails to bring every factor together. Invisible Target thankfully delivers on the action sequences. It looked like Tse did most of his own stunts.

The bad guys seem like they are all great actors, but because of a bad script there is nothing interesting about them.  Even though it branched off to protray three different protagonists, it was still easy to comprehend. Invisible Target isn’t big on filling any plot holes but anybody remotely familiar with HK actioners knows it isn’t all about plot, it’s about the action and, trust me on this one, there’s more action and frenzied violence than should be legally allowed in one single movie. The replay value isn’t very high but the action is addictive so I’ll probably revisit this film in another few months.

It feels like the actors/actresses had a great time doing this movie as it shows throughout with all the energy and back story. But I couldn’t like the film very much. Not a total disaster, I admit, but watching the film became slightly painful after around the 60-minute mark. Maybe that is because of the bad jokes that should have been cut. Or maybe because of the film’s tasteless way of depicting the villains who talk too much and point a gun to a little girl.

Invisible Target is an OK film, but is also a kind of film that would make you think it could have been much better with a more skilled hand. Invisible Target is one of the better martial arts movies I’ve watched in a long time especially nowadays where martial arts films don’t appeal as much as they did before. The action is top notch quality, directed by Benny Chan a veteran Hong Kong director who has done many films like this one. The difference with this film and other martial arts films is that the story is actually “decent”.  There is a good plot and good character development each having their own back stories and motives. The martial arts is great and the acting is good enough, don’t miss this one.



1. Shin - January 2, 2010

Nice Review. The addition of a protagonist woman is something that they should have considered as well. Anyhow for me I would give this movie 2.5 out 5

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