Movie Review-Let The Bullets Fly

Plot-Set in China during in the 1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang descends upon some little town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang, himself a small-time imposter. Trying to make a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang.

Review-Let the Bullets Fly is a fun spectacle for its action sequences, incredible cinematography, and insane fun CGI, with some scenes being deliberately and extremely over the top. With this film, that is part of the charm and fun of it. This film is very black humored, which at times reminded me of Kung Fu Hustle with some of the chances this film takes. The negative right off the bat, is the translation. The subtitles almost at times rush so fast, you miss a few words or sentences. Which cost a few scenes, that I had trouble trying to keep up with or figure out. That being said, all the characters in this film try to outdo the other. You almost feel like you are watching a acting try out. Which, worked in certain scenes. Other times, the attempting upstaging sort of hampered a mood or direction. Make no mistake about it, this film is fast paced and beautifully shot. And the influences are pretty clear. John Woo, Stephen Chow and Akira Kurosawa. Now, if you think watching this film you will see a John Woo or other style film, you will be let down. The first 15 minutes was great and full of action, and kept your attention. Then it started to gradually slow down. Now do not read this wrong, it was not boring or a waste of time. The story was very interesting, and at times had me laughing and having fun, but it really lost some momentum, that I think at over 2 hours this film asks a lot of the viewer, as it stretched out further than it should have. If they would have cut off maybe 20 minutes, it would have been a way better experience.

Am I the only person who thinks The Replacement Killers was a bad idea for Chow Yun-Fat? It seems after that film, he sort of lost his flare and all his films seem not to be the events, they were before his wanting to be the next american action hero. In this, he tries to recapture some of that flare, and at times it was like old school, and at others it made me think that maybe old school films need to be re watched and see if I am still a fan of old school Chow Yun-Fat. All in all, this is worth a rental. Good concept, and so so results.

6 out of 10