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…… Ahahahaha! Armour of God is one of the silliest movies I ever had to pleasure
of watching. Where else will you see Chinese people in tight 70s suits with 80s hair
and eyes wide open as if trying not to be Asian as well as machine gun wielding monks?
Early in the movie there is a shootout scene and it is an absolutely amazing piece
of work. A bunch of monks gun down a lot of people while a cheesy 80s pop song is
being sang in the background and they do the killing in a choreographed manner, loosely
to the beat of the song. Oh you have to see it, it is glorious. And all of that unnecessary
effort is only to kidnap someone in order to make the main character do something
for them that they do not want to pay for. That's the premise, people. And this goody
Of course many people watch Jacky Chan for the acrobatics and yes, the fight choreography as well as various driving stunts are very good. The characters travel to a lot of different places and it is fun to travel with them. The visuals are memorable.
The things worth liking about this movie, besides the silly antics of Jacky Chan,
are rather superficial and depend a lot on the viewer's taste. The main female lead,
played by Lora Forner, is very pretty, possibly the prettiest actress I have seen
on film except for Zeta-
All of the above things combined with the silly overacting and violence makes this a movie for kids, which is why it has taken a special place in many young men's hearts, at least in the East (Russia specifically). Think about it, the makers are almost going down a checklist: hot chick, fast car, violence, adventure, jumping around and silly acting with slapstick – all the things boys are into.
The dialogue can be really poor. Of course, there is always a possibility that it the subtitles are just bad and it works better in Cantonese, which is the language the movie is in, but I doubt it because the writing is just too shallow and the acting that accompanies it is just too silly and physical.
The acting…gosh. Jacky Chan tries, but sometimes he fails. Alan Tam, who plays a singer, and is a singer in real life, is a much better actor in this. He overacts, but it works, and it is to him that we owe the catchy though cheesy tunes in this movie.
I feel like I like this movie for all the wrong reasons, but I still like it.
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