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97重案實錄 (1998)
Big Job

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 08/20/2007

Zzzzzz... oh, I'm sorry. I must have fallen asleep while watching this clunker. Big Job is the type of Hong Kong gangster movie that gives the genre a bad name. It's cheap. It's unoriginal. But most damningly, it's just plain boring.

The movie (which is actually shot on video) centers on Chin Siu-Ho, who returns to Hong Kong from England to investigate the death of his brother. It turns out lil' bro was actually an undercover cop, and so Chin decides the best way to find out who killed him is to infiltrate the brother's gang. And that's about it, really.

Nothing much of any substance, much less of any interest, occurs during Big Job's thankfully short running time. There's lots of throwaway scenes that are supposedly trying to build up the characters, but the acting is so piss-poor, the viewer quickly loses any and all interest in the proceedings.

You might think that even on a shot-on-video cheapie, the action might be able to save the day, but that's not the case. Not only are the action scenes shot and edited that makes you think the film-makers just threw the whole thing together on the fly (which they very well might have) the sound effects are so bad that they sound like the director hired his little kid to sit on the set and make noises.

From beginning to end, Big Job has little, if anything, to offer viewers. With the wealth of Triad movie options out there, it should be the proverbial cold day in hell before you should even think about checking this out. It's not even so bad that it becomes funny -- it's just plain bad and should be avoided even by the more masochistic HK filmphiles out there.

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Reviewer Score: 3