There are good films and there are bad films, and then there’s City Under Siege. Benny Chan’s action/sci-fi/whatever thriller is a prime example of the age-old clash between ideas and imagination. Basically, a filmmaker has lots of ideas but lacks the imagination to pull them off convincingly or even competently.
Chan, who serves as producer/director/co-screenwriter, is obviously the driving force behind City Under Siege, and he fumbles the ball so spectacularly that entertainment is an unavoidable byproduct. Is City Under Siege a good movie? Absolutely not. But it’s got giggles, that’s for sure.
City Under Siege (Cuoc Chien Di Nhan) is Hong Kong science fiction action film. This film’s director and co-writter is Benny Chan. The film is also considered the Chinese version of the famous film Wolverine (Hollywood). The film’s starring: Aaron Kwok, Qi Shu, Jing Wu, Jingchu Zhang…
City Under Siege follows a group of circus performers who goes to find treasure. The group goes treasure hunting in the hills and accidentally get spritzed by a chemical which begins to mutate them all in painful ways but which also gives them superhuman powers.
Imbued with abilities to match their attitudes they leave Sunny for dead and head into the city to wreak havoc, rob armored trucks, and cause mayhem wherever possible. Sunny’s alive, and as the only mutant with a sense of right and wrong he heads into town to square off against his former c0-workers.
Toss in an engaged couple brought in to investigate supernatural crimes. The extremely talented Wu Jing (Ngo Kinh) and Zhang Jingchu, a news reporter Angel (Shu Qi) who becomes the object of affection for both Sunny and Zhang, and a singing Kwok.
Aaron Kwok as a clown Sunny, when circus clown Sunny gets transform into a super-powered mutant. He finds himself pitted against his fellow circus performers who were altered in the same freak accident, and who are now using their powers to wreck havoc around the city.
The Upside: Aaron Kwok and Shu Qi have always been appealing actors, I guess; Jing and Jingchu make a good couple and share some exciting fight scenes, as do Jing and Chou
The Downside: Excessive wire work mars some of the action film (phim hanh dong 2020); slapsticky; powers seem to fluctuate depending on what the next action scene requires; kills off the only appealing character; tonal issues; Kwok pop song over the training montage… and again over the finale