The Twins Effect (2003)
Reviewed by: SteelwireMantis on 2003-10-23
Summary: Entertaining kung fu actioner blending 'Blade', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and 'The Matrix'
The Hong Kong Blockbuster of 2003 seems to entertain as it's suppose to and provides Ekin Cheng finally with a hit movie.

Reeve (Ekin Cheng) and his lovely girlfriend (Josie Ho) are partners in killing vampires. During a battle with a powerful European vampire Duke, Reeve's girlfriend loses her life. His new partner Gypsy (Gillian Chung) arrives and works with him to find Duke. Gypsy does not get a long with Helen (Charlene Choi), Reeve's sister who is dating a vampire prince (Edison Chen - 'Gen-X Cops') that Duke is after to gain power and complete a ritual that'll make him the most pwoerful vampire ever. (I think you know how it will end).

The storyline for this film is not so original, in fact it is quite predictable. But the key elements remain the excellently choreographed fight scenes, light hearted humour and cool special effects. Ekin Cheng gets to show off his kung-fu skills best during a quick fight with a vampire in an alleyway. The fights were filmed well as they are meant to be with few cuts and long shots like old-school flicks. I think this movie proves a point to film makers like Andrew Lau: You don't need to have less choreographed fight scenes with quick editing if you use special effects. The Jackie Chan cameo is also a highlight as he plays the worrying groom of Karen Mok and takes on vampires during a chase in an ambulance.

Not the greatest Hong Kong movie ever, but it is very entertaining, you're bound to have a good time if you watch this movie, because Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung prove to be female slayers that'll teach Buffy how to kill properly.

****/*****
Reviewer Score: 8