Cheetah on Fire
What a cast this straight-ahead action film has!
Lets just list them because the cast is unfortunately a lot more impressive
than the film itself. Donnie Yen, Carrie Ng, Cheung Man, Ken Lo,
Gordon Liu, Eddie Ko, Shing Fui-On, Michael Woods and John Salvitti. This
is some fairly solid talent but mysteriously it somehow isnt enough
to really spark this film up. It does have a lot of action some of it
reasonably good but the filler between the action segments is very dreary
and none of the characters really come alive on the screen. You just
dont really care what happens to any of them and in the end when one of
the major characters has a drawn out death scene it is impossible not to
laugh out loud. Still for 90-minutes of mindless action and some beautiful
women, this is not all that bad.
Shing Fui-On has managed to steal a valuable
computer chip, but he is in the custody of the police. While transporting
him, a gang with Ken Lo and Gordon Liu among them try and break him
out not to save him, but to kidnap him. The cops Carrie Ng, Cheung
Man fend them off, but Shing is able to escape in the chaos.
So now the bad guys and the cops (who also are
joined by a sullen Donnie Yen) try and track him down their main lead
is Eddie Ko who is trying to auction the chip off. There was one very odd
scene Liu who was wounded in the kidnapping attempt has the bullet removed
while having sex with a woman. Now I recall Stephen Chow in From Beijing
with Love using pornography tapes as an anesthetic for a similar setup
so perhaps this is something doctors should look into!
Eventually, the bad guys get the chip after
much maiming and murdering and fly off to Thailand. There they sell it
to Michael Woods and John Salvetti who are encamped somewhere in the wilds
of Thailand. Yen and crew accompanied by much of the Thai army invade the
compound and the film turns into a war film. Strangely though even with
weapons everywhere, some of the major stars run out of ammunition and have
to resort to hand to hand combat!
The action is actually a lot of fun a bit over
the top at times sometimes silly looking but everyone gets involved.
Much of it is gunplay, but there are some good one on ones though Ken
Lo against Carrie Ng didnt seem very fair! Yen actually does not go up
against his foe Michael Woods from In the Line of Duty IV but he
does match up with Ken Lo and Gordon Liu.
Needless to say both Carrie and Cheung Man
look lovely throughout even after being wounded and beaten up and Carrie
never loses that stunning gloss to her red ripe lipstick. Carrie is truly
the lipstick queen.
My rating for this film: 6.5