Ticker (2001)

Director: Albert Pyun

Writer: Paul B Margolis (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Sizemore, Dennis Hopper, Steven Seagal, Jaime Pressly, Nas, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, Peter Greene

 

Plot: After a San Francisco detective’s partner is murdered by Northern Irish terrorists, the officer joins the bomb squad in order to bring them to justice.


Tagline – When the countdown hits zero, you’re dead.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Lacks That Explosive Nature

 

Story: Ticker starts as Detective Ray Nettles (Sizemore) sees his partner killed in a routine investigation, this sees him join the bomb squad under Frank Glass (Seagal), who has been tracking explosives terrorist Alex Swan (Hopper) who was involved in the senator’s murder a year ago.

When Ray arrests Claire Manning (Pressly), Alex will do anything to get her out of the station, it means he will start playing games with the police forcing Frank to use he own knowledge to take down the terrorist.

 

Thoughts on Ticker

 

Characters – Detective Ray Nettles sees his partner killed in a routine investigation into open warehouse, he needs to try and put his career back together after a previous incident, this could be the case which sees him needing to work with the bomb squad to take down a terrorist. This will give him a redemption that he is determined to have. Alex Swan is the terrorist bomber that has been targeting the city, he ups his aggression once one of his people is taken by the police, he proves to be dangerous to everybody in the city. Frank Glass is the bomb expert that has years of experience taking down bombs, he has been working on this for years and wants his own redemption too. Claire Manning is the woman arrested, she has her own past with Alex that is planning on just being left as the target for Alex.

PerformancesTom Sizemore does his best in what is a poorly written film, he is the only one that looks like he is interested in being here. Dennis Hopper can’t keep his Irish accent up and it soon turns into a parody of what we know he can do. Steven Seagal was never really the star of acting, he doesn’t even get to do any action in this film though. Jaime Pressly does try too but we don’t get enough of her character in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a down on his luck and life detective that must work the bomb disposal unit to track down a terrorist who has been planting bombs around the city. This does complete the basic check list required for the cop needing to redeem himself after personal tragedy, learning to work with others again and dealing with a villain that will do anything to complete their job. The relationship between Ray and Frank is hard to watch because they don’t seem to actually be talking to each other, while the third act twist just doesn’t seem to come to anything satisfying when you think about it. It all falls into late night TV action story, nothing deep, but easy enough to watch.

Action/CrimeThe action we see in the film is mostly just explosions, they are shot for shock value over anything else, which is what the crime side of the film tackles with a terrorist trying to take control of the city.

SettingsThe film is set in San Francisco which gives us easy stock footage to use in the background to fill time, but for the most part you wouldn’t even know you were there.


Scene of the Movie –
Ray trying to disarm a bomb.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The lack of chemistry between Ray and Frank.

Final ThoughtsThis is what you would have to call, a basic late night action movie that just doesn’t get going or give you anybody to be invested in.

 

Overall: Basic action.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – X – Paradox (2017) Movie Review

True clutching at straws style here, we are under X because the title finishes with the letter, X is a difficult letter, ok let me off.

Director: Wilson Yip

Writer: Nick Cheuk, Lai-Yin Leung (Screenplay)

Starring: Louis Koo, Yue Wu, Ka Tung Lam, Chris Collins, Tony Jaa, Jacky Cai, Ken Lo

Plot: A tough Hong Kong cop’s 16 y.o. daughter disappears in Pattaya. He goes to Thailand to find her and must deal with corrupt cops but an honest one helps him track down culprits involved in illegal organ trafficking.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Brutal Fights

Story: Paradox starts when Wing Chi (Chan) heads to Thailand to visit a friend, only for her to go missing, leading to her tough Hong Kong cop father Chung Chi (Koo) to go in search for her, he teams up with local cops Chui Kit (Wu) and Tak (Jaa) as they looks for clues about her location.

As Chung Chi gets deeper into the investigation, he learns of the corruption within the police department, with his daughter just being another victim of a much large scheme.

Thoughts on Paradox

Characters – Chung Chi is a Hong Kong detective who lost his wife in an accident, he has raised his daughter with strict rules, which has seen her need the freedom from him with a trip to Thailand. When she goes missing, he will show just how nonsense he is when it comes to looking for a lost loved one, not stopping or holding back in his search for answers. Chui Kit is the local Thai cop that is helping Chung Chi, he is like a younger version of the cop, who is about to start a family and is someone that is still learning his place in the forces bigger picture. Hon Shou is the businessman running the operation of taking victims, he keeps his business secret and makes sure the deals are done for the greater good. Tak is the local cop that will be rough to the criminals, but will never hurt an innocent, teaching Chui Kit about the risks they can face.

PerformancesLouis Koo and Yue Wu together show us the pure desperation the two characters are feeling, while showing the hell they will fight through to stop the criminals. Tony Jaa will always excel in the fighting sequences with Ka Tung Lam being a great villainous figure through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a Hong Kong detective that heads to Thailand in search for his missing daughter where he will uncover a web of cover ups about her disappearance. This is a story that does the travel to a new location to find missing relative well, it is an idea which will always make for a strong base for a story, where this one stands up is by having surprises along the way, willing to accept turns in the story you wouldn’t normally expect to see. The story might well struggle to establish is big enough villain though, while the motivation is big, they don’t seem like a presence when dealing with the cops.

Action/CrimeThe action in this film is big, we have massive fights which show of all the fighting skills of the people involved, with a range of different weapons as we dive into the criminal world.

SettingsThe film uses the Thailand settings to show us different locations the criminals would operate in.


Scene of the Movie – The final cut.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The villains don’t feel as present as you would think.

Final Thoughts This is an action film that doesn’t hold back on the action with big fight sequences that cover up the basic underlying story which doesn’t become more challenging than it needs to.

Overall: Bruising Action Film.

Film Bingo 16 – 20

Film Bingo

During the Lockdown, I have found myself coming up with new ideas, with this latest one being one of the biggest and most ambitious that I have ever attempted.

I have made 50 (yes, FIFTY) cards with 9 actors and 9 actresses on, I will continue to watch movies at mostly random style, where once I have seen a film with any of the performers, they will be crossed off the list. I have made sure that even if I was to re-watch Avengers Endgame, we will only see one name ticked off each card and tried my best to keep people separate from the biggest franchise connections.

I will be introducing 5 cards a day between May the 21st and May the 31st, as well as already starting to plan for the brand new one to start on the 1st of January.

This Bingo will start on the 1st of June, with updates at the end of each month to see which cards are getting completed first.

If you like this idea, let me know if you want to play along and without any further ado here are the cards.

16 – 20