Thursday, 19 February 2015

Movie Review: From Vegas to Macau II

When you see Chow Yun Fat, the first thing that comes to your mind will be God of Gamblers with this super familiar tune. I've watch his gambling movies countless times such that I am already so accustomed with this tune, I bet you are too. Just click and listen. 

I don't think it is necessary to watch the first sequel in order to understand From Vegas to Macau II. 


Vincent (Shawn Yue) joined Interpol and came back to request his master Ken's (Chow Yun Fat) assistance in arresting the international money-laundering syndicate DOA. The movie unfolds a few gun fight scenes followed by revealing Mark (Nick Cheung) as the betrayer of DOA, who is also the Chief Accountant of DOA. He stole USD15billion from DOA and subsequently fled to Thailand with his daughter Yan. Because of this, he became the target of Aoi from DOA, as well as Ken and the Interpol. 


There is a combination of gambling, humour and action in the movie. The action scenes were quite intense at some parts but I found that the overall story plot was not very well-built, it's quite predictable too. Some scenes were unnecessary and irrelevant, to the extent that I felt it was wasting my time. Perhaps, they have tried to incorporate too many things at once, I would actually rather watch a movie that has a main theme, either action or gambling, with bits of humour here and there.

The plus points of the movie were actually the actors, otherwise, I would not have chosen this movie. I enjoyed watching the little girl though, she is really so loveable and innocent, especially when she kept asking her dad whether they are in the middle of a filming process when they are being attacked. The robot 傻强 was also my favourite, I love its funny accent and talking. The conversation between him and Ken was also a humorous one.

Some of the redundant parts (in my opinion), is the boxing arena, which made me want to roll my eyes in the cinema. Some "funny" scenes were obviously trying too hard. Otherwise, the movie is quite average and alright to watch if you are looking for a good laugh.

If you are a fan of Chow Yun Fat, I suggest you watch the God of Gamblers sequel. Sometimes, old things are nicer.

Ratings: 2.5 / 5

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