The bold and demure Lulu Wong (Michelle Yeoh) is a famous globetrotting bachelorette and philanthropist (aren't they all). Adopted as a child by a wealthy industrialist she spends her days attending parties and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, but in the evenings she dons the cloak and mask of her alter ego, the crime fighting superhero and vigilante, SilverHawk. As is often the case with superheroes the local law enforcement are trying to track her down for interfering with police business, but the head of the investigation against her is Superintendent Richman (Ritchie Jen) who, by chance, is an old school friend of Lulu's from their days together at the Shaolin orphanage. Soon the pair are on the hunt for a bigger threat in the form of Alexander Woolf (Luke Goss) who, of course, is out for world domination through brainwashing the public with the latest mobile phones. Will SilverHawk be unmasked? Can the duo team up in time to stop Woolf? Do you really care?
Director and cinematographer Jingle Ma has produced a pretty standard but nonetheless very slick action yarn. The script is largely superfluous to the action, which thankfully is liberally splashed around, and wonderfully choreographed and performed by the delicious Ms Yeoh, assisted by Ritchie Jen and Michael Jai White. White gets a starring role as a particularly vicious henchman, which is some compensation for seeing all his work cut from Tarantino's Kill Bill. Only Luke Goss disappoints as the somewhat predicable British villain with his characterization being as flat as the singing on a Bros record. In fairness he does look the part, and not much time is given over to motivation and character development. Fortunately for the audience the money saved on writing has been given to the fight choreographers and has been very well spent. Starting with a jump over the Great Wall of China on a silver motorbike, and a subsequent fight on top of an articulated truck, which is reminiscent of a similar scene in the Matrix trilogy, the action rarely lets up. High concept set pieces against bungie-jumping assassins and roller-skating thugs provide evidence of stunning and seamless wirework. It came as no surprise to discover that the director and cinematographer were one in the same, because the direction and script are pretty awful, but the visuals are stunning. Jingle Ma may not be able to write a plot for toffee but he sure knows how to shoot a scene. If you are in the mood for some brainless action SilverHawk is a good choice.
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