Movie Review of 《特工爷爷》, The Bodyguard

So I saw this poster recently and without watching the trailer, I thought why not? Looks like a decent action flick with actors of a certain standing, after all the cast does include Hong Jin Bao, Andy Lau and Eddie Peng among others.

I could never have been more wrong. This poster just lied to you in so many ways. You would assume that there would be special agents with high tech gadgets and they would be sent on missions but no, none of that is happening in this movie.

Here is the trailer:

My verdict: It is an action flick, yes but it is the IP man kind of action scenes. Meaning, fast and furious blows that crack bones and gory scenes where blood is splattered all over. What was really disappointing was that the spotlight was on the lead (Hong Jin Bao) who is kinda boring given that he is an old man with nothing to do and the plot is like so straightforward that it is a no brainer. 

This should have been the official poster
He had a history where he lost his granddaughter and in a turn of events, he made a special connection with a neighbour's daughter and fought his way through tons of bad guys to save her. End of story. Hold on, he didn't actually save her at the end because she didn't exactly needed saving and the bad guy was like killed a few steps ahead of him. I mean what is the point? There are sweet scenes after all this entire movie centred around a special, touching relationship but on the whole the story moved at a slow pace with the exception of the fight scenes which perhaps could have been faster to spare us the goriness.

If you were to watch the movie based on your impression of the poster, be prepared for a let down because the action scenes only involve the lead, not like Hong Jin Bao can be compared with Donnie Yen. No handsome or pretty characters to entertain you. Just power-packed kungfu moves. As for the actors you have been waiting to watch, do note that Andy Lau's role is a small one and Eddie Peng all but makes a guest appearance at the end of the show. All in all, pretty disappointing, at least for me. 

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