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4.0 out of 5 stars Invisible target a hit or a miss?
What's is it about?
Three diverse police officers must put their differences and agendas aside in order to bring down the ruthless thieves that are causing chaos across Hong Kong.

Four young actors with potential, Jaycee Chan, Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, and Wu Jing in the film, and the director of "New Police Story" Benny Chan behind the cam, did this movie...
Published on 7 April 2009 by kimil

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3.0 out of 5 stars Above average for the genre but just a little too raggy and too long to stand out
Glossy Hong Kong cop thriller Invisible Target is a big budget ode to director Benny Chan's love of throwing his actors off buildings, in front of buses, through plate glass - a LOT of plate glass - and setting them on fire before kicking them in the head. And in Chan's films it's nearly always the actors who are suffering for his art rather than stunt men with only the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Invisible target a hit or a miss?, 7 April 2009
What's is it about?
Three diverse police officers must put their differences and agendas aside in order to bring down the ruthless thieves that are causing chaos across Hong Kong.

Four young actors with potential, Jaycee Chan, Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, and Wu Jing in the film, and the director of "New Police Story" Benny Chan behind the cam, did this movie deliver to the audience?

One miss
1) Story
Probably the only weakness holding this movie back is the pacing, lack of originality of the story. Certain characters could be more developed to make them more memorable and interesting.

Three hits!
1) Action
Brutal, off the Hollywood safety boundaries level that made "New Police Story" edge of your seat. The high velocity set pieces displayed here ensures this alongside "Flashpoint" action blockbuster of 2007. Wu Jing steals most of the scenes here.
2) Impact
All four actors made their individual mark reasonably well. Not necessarily a gold medal performance but did enough to justify watching their work and to springboard their careers.
3) Bonus features
Heaps of extra content on the Dragon Dynasty version.

If you can overlook the misses and just want to enjoy the an action movie causing mayhem in Hong Kong, seeing Invisible Target can't go wrong.

You may also want to check out
Benny Chan (Big Bullet, Who am I? New Police Story)
Jaycee Chan (The Sun also rises, 2 Young, PK.COM.CN)
Shawn Yue (Infernal Affairs 2, Dragon Tiger Gate, Just one look)
Nicholas Tse (New Police Story, Dragon tiger gate, The Beast Stalker)
Wu Jing (Kill Zone, Fatal move, Fatal Contact)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Above average for the genre but just a little too raggy and too long to stand out, 15 Oct 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Glossy Hong Kong cop thriller Invisible Target is a big budget ode to director Benny Chan's love of throwing his actors off buildings, in front of buses, through plate glass - a LOT of plate glass - and setting them on fire before kicking them in the head. And in Chan's films it's nearly always the actors who are suffering for his art rather than stunt men with only the biggest of explosions requiring CGi and stunt performers. That gives his action films an old-school feel that's quite welcome as Hong Kong action movies become increasingly reliant on CGi even for some of the basics, and if this isn't one of his better efforts, it's not for want of trying. Thankfully it's also not one of his worst either, but at times you can't help feeling that the film could have benefited from being a bit shorter and perhaps not throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the action scenes that are never more than ten minutes or so apart.

It's a fairly standard revenge plot: Nicholas Tse's the maverick cop who wants revenge on the gang of mercenaries whose armoured car robbery left his fiancé dead, Jaycee Chan (Jackie's son) is the rookie cop who wants revenge on the same gang for killing his undercover cop brother, Shawn Yue wants revenge for being made to swallow some bullets and Wu Jing is the very bad guy who wants revenge on the cop who masterminded the robbery, killed three of his friends and got away with the loot. Naturally their worlds collide and the forces of law and disorder put aside their different agendas, bond over big fight scenes, find the odd parallel with the villains they're trying to take down before destroying a very expensive looking police station with lots and lots of plate glass to throw each other through in a half hour battle royal. You admire the effort and pain that went into it and a lot of it is very enjoyable (there's also a lovely wry cameo from Lisa Lu as Chan's grandmother), but it's just a little too raggy and too long to make the kind of impact it clearly wants to. Still above average for the genre, though.

Sadly the Blu-ray release is slightly problematic. Although for the most part decent enough, there's an occasional tendency to overdo the contrast slightly to give a kind of morning mist effect that clearly doesn't reflect the original prints, and edge enhancement is noticeable in a few places. The deleted scenes come with compulsory audio commentary, which means you can't tell what's being said in some of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film, 16 Jun 2014
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I remember when this came out when I lived in China. I've watched it a few times but there were not subtitles.
Finally got to see it with English subs. I'm a huge fan of HK action films, I think they are the best action film makers in the world, brilliant performances from Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue and Jaycee Chan and with the added bonus of performances from Wu Jing, Andy On and Philip Ng.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bullet ridden, 22 Nov 2012
This review is from: Invisible Target [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The film is ok to watch but I do have my reservations, its a bit like die hard with added martial arts. Its high octane rush hour amazing stunts. That's where the problem lies- I think its a sign that films from that region are beginning to take the Hollywood route, when this happens the story line gets thin, characterization goes out the window and some scenes are far fetched and totally outrageous. This film does have a bit of a story, some characters are developed but all that action pushes the intelligent stuff out the way. The one thing that I really enjoyed was the cinematography and some of the locations. Worth a look as its very close to a 4-star film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great action, 3 Aug 2012
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Mr. David Wilson (fife scotland) - See all my reviews
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Great action and good story,Jackie Chan's son does a good job of acting but needs to brush up on his Martial arts skills.Loads of good gun play and fighting.Worth the money.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars satisfies the action fans., 12 July 2010
This review is from: Invisible Target [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
director benny chan delivers another solid piece of commercial cinema, invisible target moves along really fast; with action scenes constantly thrown in whether they are martial arts, car chase, foot chases, shoot outs or insane stunts they all satisfy.

those looking for a solid martial arts picture should be pleased with the solid choreography and the stellar delivery by both the martial artist and non martial artists. Nicholas tse (non martial artist) steals the show with his courage in doing all his own stunts and the director is more than happy to show his face after each dangerous stunt. both shawn yue and jaycee chan also handle them selfs well. as for wu jing he is as reliable as always. i minor fault with the fights is the use of some odd wire work that is supposed to enhance some movements but feels at odds with the reality based nature of the film.

the negative side of this though is that the story takes a back seat and those dramatic moments feel less than developed. thankfully the protagonists are slightly better developed but the acting is poor all round especially nicholas tse who tries hard but do not convince. jaycee chan fairs slightly better especially given his likable charcter who the audience can sympathise with. it is the villains that come of worst they are not fleshed out enough to justify there motivations and the male bonding between certain protagonists and antagonists comes of a bit corny.

over all it is a pleasing action fest film but if story is your main priority you may be dissapointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agree with Kimil's review, 11 Jun 2010
This film has been slated in some quartets and sites, but don't let that put you off....this film has some big names in it and yes, it kinda misses the mark in the heavy dramatic stakes but the action makes up for it. I was not dissapointed in this film, it's just a shame that Wu Jing once again doesn't have the film (critically) that solidifes what we all know in that he is one of the next big kung fu/action stars waiting to emerge from Hong Kong...

Kimil's review pretty much sums it up

7.5-8/10
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with purchase, 5 Mar 2013
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the reason I chose this product is becuase I like blu-ray movies and it works great on the playstaion or blu-ray player
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hopelessly Overrated Movie, 9 Nov 2010
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Invisible Target is a movie that appears to me to be trying to be an old school action movie. By that I mean it's heavy on action and explosions throughout the film. If you're not too fussy about the quality of your action you could well enjoy this movie. However if you're like myself and enjoy quality action then this film isn't for you.

The main villain in this film is the talented Wu Jing and be honest he is the best thing about this movie. Unfortunately that means there are three heroes of this film that simply don't cut the mustard in the Action Department. This lowered my enjoyment of the movie greatly. Combine that with a weak story and characters I couldn't care less about. This made Invisible Target a disappointing action film. Personally I found myself rooting for Wu Jing as he was brilliant as a bad ass villain. However, Hong Kong film-makers need to lose the wirework in a film like this and exploit talented on screen martial artists like Wu Jing with better choreography and obviously better opponents.

Jaycee Chan (Jackie Chan's son) appears in this movie and let's just say he's not a chip off the old block. Jackie Chan must be so embarrassed to have a son in the business whose actions skills are literally none.

While there was plenty of action it was also interspersed with lots of drama. I found these parts particularly boring and I'm sure lots could have been cut out. With a run time at around two hours the film really does drag between action sequences.

I can't comment on the DVD package for this UK DVD however if it's the same as the region 1 dragon dynasty release it's jam-packed full of extras. However personally when a film is as bland as Invisible Target is it seems pointless to watch them.

If you're looking for a top action film this isn't it. You probably better off trying to get your hands on one of Jackie Chan's Police Story movies, I particularly like Police Story 3 Supercop in which Jackie stars alongside Michelle Yeoh who is superb in that movie. I would also recommend looking into some of John Woo's Hong Kong action films especially the ones with Chow Yun Fat. They're infinitely more satisfying movies.

4.5/10
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