Silver Hawk (2004)
Reviewed by: ewaffle on 2005-07-19
Summary: Michelle saves the day--and this movie
There is a lot to like about “Silver Hawk”—Michelle Yeoh kicking the hell out of the bad guys and occasionally flashing that million dollar smile while doing so; Michelle (or her stunt double) on a motorcycle chasing down smugglers; Michelle beating opponents who should have a significant advantage over her because they cheat; Michelle effortless flying through the air to land the perfect punch. However, we have seen her do every bit of it many times before. This is no way to revive an all but moribund film industry.

Michelle looks great-—she is toned, fit, athletic and beautiful as ever. That she is parsimonious with her killer smile makes it even more effective when it does light up her face. Her costume is ridiculous—long silver duster over silver hot pants, high-heeled boots and a mask that might fool a blind man but no one else. The only mystery concerning her secret identity is that it took so long for both the newly appointed and very annoying Police Superintendent Rich Man (Richie Ren Xian Qi) and irredeemable bad guy Alexander Wolfe (Luke Goss) to figure it out.

Excellent supporting cast includes Michael Jai White as Morris, a martial arts thug with a fearsome armored hand and a soft spot in his heart for his lethal girlfriend Jane, played in shorts and torn fishnets by the attractive Lee Bing Bing. Model (apparently) turned actress Lisa Selesner adds a very attractive presence.

The narrative is simple and uncluttered, once the superhero trappings are stripped away. Wolfe wants to brainwash the world using Professor Ho Chung’s breakthrough in artificial intelligence. It is up to Rich Man, Silver Hawk and Chung’s assistant, loveable but annoying computer nerd Kit, played by Brandon Chang to thwart the evil plan.

In order to have plenty of fight scenes there is the usual silliness—once Wolfe lures Silver Hawk to his high tech center of operations, he does not simply shoot her. The first time she is trapped there martial artists suspended from dual bungee cords attack her. The second time, when the entire crew shows up, a roller hockey team goes after them. There is a lot of constructive editing in both of them, some almost embarrassingly obvious. Neither scene is very effective—the one on one or two on one fights are well-staged and fun to watch but the two big production numbers get old very quickly. Miniaturized high tech gadgets that allow everyone to spy on everyone else show up often.

“Silver Hawk” is largely for Michelle Yeoh fans—of which I am an extremely ardent one.
Reviewer Score: 5