Lucy Wong is a millionairess and lives the life of a celebrity.
However in secret she exists as the Silver Hawk, a crime fighting
super woman, master of martial arts and surrounded by high-tech
a scientist involved in Artificial Intelligence is abducted
the Silver Hawk discovers that super villain Alexander Wolfe
is behind a sinister plot to brainwash the population...
Hawk starts off on the right foot - for the first ten
seconds. The opening sequence has Wong leap a section of The
Great Wall of China on a motorbike. For a second it was the
Tomb Raider movie that never was (anyone whose played
Tomb Raider 2 on the Playstation will know what I mean).
Ignoring, for a moment, the fact that the camera is not positioned
well to make the most of this fantastic stunt, everything
looks promising. And then, 20 seconds later, it all starts
to go pear shaped.
Yeoh's Wong character is chasing a truck on her bike. She
gets in close behind it and hits a button that send two rods
out of her bike to lock it onto the truck. After a very ropey
(you can almost see the wires) leap onto the top of the truck
she is attacked by several goons in black (obviously left
over goons from the '60s Batman
TV show) The fighting sequence on the top of the truck is
awful and if you look closely you can see that the truck,
which was thundering along at about 70 miles an hour, is actually
crawling along at about 10 miles an hour. It reminded me of
some of the worst fight sequences of the old Wonder Woman
then, when the fighting was over and the goons are cowering
I realised that I had misjudged this movie too early. It was
supposed to be campy. Or was it. For the duration of this
film I was never really sure what angle the director was taking.
There are the occasional campy moment (I loved the police
detective in drag scenes) but on the whole this is played
as a kung-fu based superhero movie with very few (intentional)
stunt sequences are like something out of a poor man's Matrix,
and the lip synching is, in places, appalling. In fact it's
so bad that I remember episodes of Monkey that were
better. To be honest, it would have been a much better movie
if it had been filmed in Japanese and subtitled.
Goss is just about watchable as the stereotypical bad guy.
Although, what does he do once he gets our hero where he wants
her (in a high ceilinged room with steel walls)? He sends
bad guys in who are suspended on elasticised harnesses? What
is that all about?
sad thing is, that if they had gotten rid of a few expletives,
this would have made a fairly passable kids movie. Sadly,
anyone over the age of 12 will probably see this as too childish.
are no extras worth mentioning (just trailers and photo gallery),
but then to be honest I don't think I'd want to sit through
loads of featurettes that explained the origins of the characters
and how the stunts were choreographed.
this is not the worst superhero movie ever made (although
I am struggling to think of one that is much worse) it's certainly
up there with Catwoman
and Batman and Robin. One for the very young only,
who sadly won't be able to watch it legally anyway.