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Connected [DVD] [2008]

Louis Koo    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Louis Koo
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cine Asia
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003N774HE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Get connected to the spectacular action-thriller that Time Out (HK) calls an exhilarating joyride of a movie. Louis Koo (Flashpoint, Robin-B-Hood) plays a single-father in a dead-end job, whose life changes dramatically when he receives a call out of the blue from a petrified woman called Grace (Barbie Hsu). She claims to be held in an unknown location against her will, and begs him to save her and her young daughter. When the police force refuses to help, he realizes that he alone holds the power of life and death in his hands. However, when the stakes are raised, will he risk everything, including the life of his son, to save the lives of two people he has never met? Produced in association with Warner Film China, Connected delivers nail-biting tension, exhilarating car chases and more than a few surprises in this relentless high-stakes adventure from the acclaimed director of New Police Story, Robin-B-Hood and Invisible Target.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Get Connected 5 Oct 2010
By Mitun
Format:DVD
'Connected' is Hong Kong action thriller that released theatrically in 2008 to positive reviews. It topped the Hong Kong box office on its release but unfortunately failed financially in the end. The movie is a remake of 2004 American hit, 'Cellular' starring Kim Basinger, Chris Evans and Jason Statham. It's the second remake after the poor Bollywood (Indian Film Industry) attempt in the form of 'Speed' (not to be mistaken for the fantastic 'Speed' starring Keanu Reeves), which released in 2007.

'Connected' was nominated for five Hong Kong Film Awards (Best Director, Actress, Film Editing, Action Choreography & Sound Effects) winning an award for Best Film Editing.

The movie tells the story of Bob (Louis Koo) who receives a call on his mobile phone from a stranger called Grace Wong (Barbie Hsu) who has been kidnapped and seeks help from him.

'Connected' gets right down to business as it starts with a bang in the form of a thrilling opening sequence, which isn't in the American version. From the start, the tension is maintained with numerous twists and turns. The climax consists of a great twenty-five minutes where the excitment reaches a new level with enjoyable action. All the action scenes are top-notch including a well executed car chase scene.

The main questions are, why watch 'Connected' over 'Cellular' and is there a point watching it even if you've seen the original. Basically, 'Connected' is a better movie than 'Cellular' in all departments. The characters are well defined and realistic, there are some interesting sub-plots, the action is superb and the pace is faster. It's still enjoyable even if you've seen 'Cellular'.

I watched 'Cellular' in the cinema and thought it was alright.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Connect to connected 26 Jun 2011
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Connected is one of those films that comes along every once in a while and brings you a hour and a half of entertainment. The story is easy to follow and Louis Koo gives a great portrayal of Bob the man enlisted to help a kidnapped women.
What i liked about this film was the pace of it. It moved steadily along and i was never left waiting for too long on what was to happen. It was a very enjoyable movie with a few twists and turns along the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Hong Kong action with a sense of humour 31 Oct 2010
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This superior remake of the US thriller 'Cellular' is one action film that does not take itself too seriously, nor does it play things for laughs at the expense of action - unusually director Benny Chan imbues it with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach that pushes to incorporate the absolute optimum amount of both - and just about gets away with it. This film should not work but against all odds it does - the situations our hero finds himself in are frequently ridiculous and the action sequences are gloriously over-the-top. However, the excellent cast including protagonists Louis Koo and Barbie Hsu react in a straight fashion to each event meaning the viewer will find their nerves vicariously imperilled for every moment they are in danger, even as they often find themselves smiling at the purposeful (at least sometimes - for instance the phone shop sequence) ludicrousness of proceedings.

Importantly, Chan has a vague idea of when to pull back and let the drama of the leads' predicament take a more dominant focus, crucially across scenes that include the initial (high quality - see synopsis) set-up and the film's denouement, meaning the feature has its cake and eats it too. Although you will have have spent part of the film grinning gleefully your adrenaline glands will also be peaking as you root for Koo's loveable 'Bob' to continue to stay one step ahead of his would-be killers and save the day. Connected is the kind of film the term 'popcorn movie' was invented for and I'd recommend it to any of the many fortunate denizens of this world who've been gifted with the glorious trinity of empathy, a pulse and a sense of humour.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun Blu that no one will see... 22 July 2009
By Steve Kuehl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a challenging BD, but by the time I managed to get through the entire package I was surprised with the quality and happy with having spent the money.

This is almost a carbon copy of Cellular, and in this case we actually have a Hong Kong film being based on a prior American release (I can think of a couple hundred in my store that go in the opposite direction of HK/Asia to US). I have to say though this film managed to have its own unique feel, competent direction, excellent Blu quality and is wholeheartedly better that that Basinger mess.

Content wise, this managed to get in the obligatory over the top car chase scenes, slightly corny acting, a couple solid supporting performances, nice HK skylines, and some pretty cool cell phones. This one runs in at 110 minutes of some excellent Blu clarity, both indoors and out, coupled with a unique choice of language/sound options. I chose to go with the LPCM 5.1 over the Original Dolby 5.1 or Mandarin 5.1. The sounds can be hit and miss in this option, but I preferred what I was hearing with my setup over the others. The subtitle options are almost endless with multiple Chinese, English, Korean and Bahasa formats. This was one of only two faults I found with the product as the English sub translations were grammatically atrocious at times. I am going to ask one of my Chinese speaking customers to watch this and let me know how the actual translation was.

The special features are great (all on disc 2). They include a solid 38 minute behind the scenes that covers each action scene I had question about; But what made this favorable was there was no narration, no interviews, nothing - just the logistics (Soultanakis-like). The "making-of" supplement covers all of that fluffy stuff with the interviews and clips interlaced with some corny narratives. There is over 38 minutes of deleted scenes and 9 minutes of alternate scenes, which includes the only other fault I found with this set as I could not get the subs to work here, so I could only watch and assume what they were saying. This disc is an All-Region coded DVD.

Comparing this film directly to Cellular, Connected wins in every category. This A/B/C region coded BD with the DVD supplement disc makes for a great product, especially for those HK action fans searching for that under the radar movie with good stunts, nice car chase work and competent Blu clarity.
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Thriller 5 April 2012
By J Tate - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very good movie with two of my favorite Asian actors Louis Koo and Nick Cheung in it. Both did a very good job in this movie. It's non stop action from beginning to end, with very exciting car chases, gun play, kidnapping and of course cell phones involved. There are lots of great Hong Kong views during the movie too. I have seen the US movie Cellular on which this movie was based and I agree with the other previous reviewers who compared the two movies that this is the better of the two movies which comes as no surprise to me since I generally feel Asian movies tend to surpass the usual Hollywood fare films. Considering that the budget for this film was only 5.8 million US $$ they did a great job with the stunts and cinematography. I read that Louis Koo did all of his own stunts in this movie which I find amazing. While the general plot is definitely rather implausible it's still a thrilling ride. I'll definitely watch this one again and highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING REMAKE ON DVD 8 May 2010
By sabu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
THIS SUSPENSEFUL ASIAN VERSION OF THE KIM BASSINGER MOVIE "CELLULAR" IS BY FAR THE BETTER OF THE TWO. EVEN IF YOU SAW HER VERSION THIS WILL NOT DISAPPOINT. THIS IS A REGULAR DVD VERSION AND PLAYS JUST FINE
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 STARS) Hong Kong remake of "Cellular": Entertaining Ride with Bigger Actions 4 Mar 2010
By Tsuyoshi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Hong-Kong action thriller "Connected" ("Bo chi tung wah") is a remake of the 2004 film "Cellular" directed by David R. Ellis. The 2008 Hong-Kong version is directed by Benny Chan, whose CV includes such action films as "Who Am I?" and "New Police Story" both starring Jackie Chan. Director Benny Chan has a tendency to overreach trying to enhance the tension (pointing a gun at a child is not a very good way), but the film is entertaining with some slick action set-pieces.

A timid accountant Bob (Louis Koo) receives a phone call from a stranger named Grace (Barbie Hsu), who claims she is kidnapped by a gang of criminals. Bob thinks it's a prank call - and he must hurry to the airport - when something happens on the other end of the phone and Bob is convinced that he is the only hope left for Grace in distress. The leader of the kidnappers is played by Ye Liu ("Postmen in the Mountains" "Dark Matter")

While the basic premise largely remains the same, some changes are given to the story originally conceived by Larry Cohen and written by Chris Morgan. For example, Bob, an ordinary man turned hero by extraordinary circumstances (equivalent of Chris Evans' character in the original), is also a father of a son who is about to leave the city to study abroad. The abducted mother Grace (counterpart of Kim Basinger's character) is not math teacher, but a robot designer. Still, the basic part remains the same with a comic interlude involving the desperate hero trying to "buy" a battery.

The remake has a longer running time (about 110 minutes) than the original (94 minutes), which means more subplots and action scenes. Compared with the original, actions are bigger and more intense with some impressive stunts. There is a long car chase scene where lots of cars crash, jump, flip and overturn in a spectacular way like a Keystone cop movies. The unique locations (like mountains and airport) are cleverly used as backdrop for action scenes.

""Connected" is slightly overlong, but overall enjoyable. Those who have already seen the Hollywood version can enjoy the ride.
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