Time and Tide (2000)
Reviewed by: Trigger on 2001-05-29
Summary: A Must-See for Action Fans
I recently watched Time and Tide for the first time on the Region 3 Fullscreen DVD release. Wow. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's very slick. You might want to wait until it comes out in widescreen and with DTS perhaps, but the current release is nothing to sneeze at.

Outstanding transfer (even though it was fullscreen) and the sound was amazing. Lots of heavy bass and great surround separation. The film itself starts out like it's going to be a bit more cerebral than it ends up... Tsui Hark makes excellent action films and this is no exception. Plenty of little camera tricks and going inside gun chambers and whatever else you can think of.

The plot was somewhat hard to follow at first, for me anyway... I caught on after awhile though. The trouble was that the film decided to dispose of any exposition or showing what type of people the characters are normally - the film doesn't spend much time explaining what's going on. I don't know - maybe it's just me. Even by the end, the characters are never fully explored, but just enough so that you can care what's going on.

The action is very tight and I only caught sight of the wires a few times and it didn't bother me. I think if the story and characters had been fleshed out just a little bit more, then I would feel comfortable calling this a masterpiece. But as it is - I have to say that it's merely "great". I did like it a bit more than Shiri which was also pretty good.

Seen on R3 Fullscreen DVD - Columbia/Tristar
Movie Rating - 8.2/10
Reviewer Score: 8