ICEMAN 3D (冰封: 重生之门) Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com
Recommended Audience: Fans of Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Eva Huang and Thriller/Action movie fans
ICEMAN 3D (冰封: 重生之门) Movie Synopsis
In the Ming Dynasty, there are four orphans, Ying (Donnie Yen), Yuanlong (Simon Yam), Sao (Wang Baoqiang) and Niehu. Raised in Taoyuan Village, the four are close as brothers.
Their exceptional martial arts allow them to reach the highest rank among the imperial guards. They take the order to kill the Japanese troop leader, and return in triumph. The Emperor then orders Ying to escort the Golden Wheel of Time from India back to the capital, which is said to have the power of time travelling and foreseeing the future. On the way of escorting, Ying is set up by his brothers and he chooses to fight against them. The duel has shaken the earth, an avalanche struck and buried the four.
Travelling 400 years in time to modern Hong Kong, Ying meets wasted May (Eva Huang) who gives him shelter.
ICEMAN 3D (冰封: 重生之门) Viewer Rating: 3.5/5 ****
ICEMAN 3D (冰封: 重生之门)Movie Review:
Before I start to go a little in detail about the characters, let’s set everyone’s expectation right. This is not another solemn and patriotic Ip Man movie, nor is it the Asian version of Captain America (though the plot is somewhat similar). So, if you watched it with an open mind, this film is mostly entertaining.
Many might cringe (or laugh) when the first thing He Ying (Donnie Yen) did when he defrost was to pee, same for many little actions he did, like listening to the ground for incoming enemies or even standing on the rooftop to think about stuff. But if these actions were taken place in period films, these will seem normal. I like how Donnie Yen was able to incorporate the “Qing Gong” as well as the little details of how martial arts practitioners behave into the film, a big contrast with the current era.
The battle scenes between He Ying and his two other brothers, Niehu and Sao were impressive, but were spoilt by the CGI, making the atmosphere of the fight comical. Some of them were also exaggerated, like using the shield to snowboard and pothole covers to fight.
Broken plots and Split personality
I was disappointed with the role of Xiao Mei, a nightclub hostess with inconsistent personality. She’s a money-loving girl initially, and somehow transformed into a heroine by saving a bus-full of passengers trapped by the warriors’ fight. The combination of the various disparate parts makes up a disjointed story, and it made people hard to take the story seriously.
The movie ended abruptly, only to reveal that there is a part two to the film. If you need a good laugh, do catch the movie and don’t think too much about the nonsensical “curry chicken spaghetti”.
Do You Know?
Donnie Yen refused to take up the role of a villain/ antagonist in order to be a good role model for his kid.
The scene where He Ying (Donnie Yen) jumped from one bus to another was carried out on real buses himself without any stuntman.
ICEMAN 3D (冰封: 重生之门) Behind The Scenes/Interview
ICEMAN 3D (冰封: 重生之门) will be in cinemas on 17 April 2014.
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