This movie was at 17% on Rotten Tomatoes for some bizarre reason. And as usual I disagree with the majority of critics. Sure, The Adventurers might not exactly be a classic but I still thought it was a jaunty and entertaining heist caper. It’s a cross between Mission: Impossible and James Bond with Andy Lau at his smooth best.
Lau plays Zhang, a recently released criminal who embarks on a mission to steal a piece of jewellery called the “GAIA” so he can find out who set him up and had him thrown in jail.
So he sets out with his trusted friend Chen and newcomer Red (Shu Qi) to steal said piece of jewellery. Their plan is not without problems however, as they are relentlessly pursued by Inspector Pierre (Jean Reno) who is obsessed with catching Zhang and putting him away for good.
The Adventurers (Phi Vu Cuoi Cung) has a wonderfully light tone so it never gets overly serious or violent and manages to be entertaining for all the family. The pace slows a little in the middle and there are no fight scenes so if that is what you’re looking for then you may be disappointed.
It’s also ridiculous stuff with crazy technology like “Spidey” which can apparently do pretty much anything like spy, shoot and more making me really wish I had one.
My favourite aspect was the music score which was pure old-school Bond with screeching brass and orchestra all adding to the sense of fun.
The script isn’t all that amazing but there were a few funny moments and there is enough action to keep things moving. When the team finally begins their heist it’s all very tense although like I said. A little too Mission: Impossible in places.
Hearing Andy Lau (Luu Duc Hoa) interact in English with Jean Reno makes me want to see him in more Hollywood pictures. But I believe that was never a big priority for him.
Overall, The Adventurers (phim hanh dong 2020) left me smiling and although there isn’t anything particularly amazing about it. I still thought it was pure unadulterated fun with Lau at his cool best and a few entertaining set-pieces.
In this slick, high-stakes action-adventure, the world’s top thieves – the infamous and charismatic Cheung (Andy Lau), his former partner in crime, Xiao (Tony Yang), and beautiful chameleon Ye (Shu Qi) – join forces to pull off the heist of a lifetime. But when they find themselves pursued across Europe by a legendary French detective (Jean Reno), they’ll have to take their game to the next level.
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By: Stephen Fung
Written By: Stephen Fung, Chi Kwong Cheung, Steve Ha, Wong Hiu Chong, Andy Lo
In Theaters: Aug 18, 2017 Limited
On Disc/Streaming: Jan 2, 2018
Runtime: 104 minutes
Studio: Gravity Pictures