Sometimes you need a popcorn movie. Check your brain out at the door, and just enjoy things. And when I get in that mood, I just slip on my copy of “The Twins Effect”.
Now let’s get this out of the way. This movie is nothing more than another showcase for The Twins, Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung. However, they don’t sing in it, and to be honest it does not showcase their acting talents (regular readers will know how much I adore Charlene ability and Gillian has performed admirably in one other film on the list).
What we have here is a Vampire movie. It starts with a quite intense action sequence, reminiscent of such films as “Blade”, but quickly changes into a rather silly comedy.
In short – this is a world where Vampires exist. There is a Vampire civil war going on, between some nasty violent Bloodsucking Western Vampires, and some more elevated Eastern ones (the Eastern Vampires try not to suck blood).
Reeve (Ekin Cheng) is a Vampire hunter who after the events of the opening scene takes on a new protégé, Gypsy (Chung). Things are complicated by the fact his rather crazy (in a nice way) sister, Helen (Choi) has started dating a Vampire Prince (Edison Chen).
Cue lots of amusing scenes playing on the tropes of the Vampire mythos, and a fair few rather good action scenes. We even get a leading Eastern Acting Talent (Anthony Wong) adding gravitas to proceedings, and the box-office guarantee of Jackie Chan in a few scenes.
Now I am no fan of Jackie Chan – I find his acting a little too forced, but you cannot deny the fun he adds to the two main sequences he stars in.
Choi is rather wonderful as the sassy Helen – this is the film where I first noticed her, and she plays the part well. As usual Chung looks a little uncomfortable, but she is certainly watchable. I assume they are playing up to their Twins personas.
Think of the movie as a pic’n’mix selection of what Hong Kong cinema can provide – pretty eye candy, good action direction and slapstick humour. It pretty much succeeds on all levels. It won’t change your life, but you’ll be smiling all the way through.