“Iceman” is a movie that doesn’t make sense at all, and it doesn’t even seem to be trying. It feels like a couple of friends got drunk together and decided to mix some scenes from the garbage bin where bad ideas go to rest.
Donnie Yen is pretty much my favourite action star these days and I have to admit I’ve only really seen the majority of his movies over the past few years. He has fantastic screen presence and his ability to kick ass and make it look easy is pretty much without equal.
Recently however, he has made the odd duff choice and sadly Iceman (Bang Phong Hiep) is one of them. It’s not a terrible film but it’s let down by an uneven tone and an overuse of poor CGI. Yen is a human special effect and doesn’t need technical “wizardry” to make him look good. But as this is more fantastical than say Special I.D. I can let it slide.
Now on to the tone of the film; one minute it is a farcical comedy with slapstick humour, including people breaking wind and other classy jokes. The next minute we have a serious scene with a character dying and the daughter grieving. It doesn’t help that a lot of the acting from the supporting cast is pretty bad too. Especially during the English speaking scenes.
I have to say though that there were a few moments that I did enjoy. And I even laughed a few times (heaven forbid). When the two villains discover a porno magazine for the first time and start fighting over it, that was definitely a comedic highlight.
Simon Yam (Nham Dat Hoa) is on fine bad guy form although he doesn’t really have much to do. But it looks like his role will be expanded in the upcoming second movie. I’m not sure the story is interesting enough to warrant sitting for another 2 hours of lame fart jokes. But it depends if there is a bit more ass-kicking action.
The best scene in this movie is the nightclub fight between Donnie Yen (Chung Tu Don) and Baoqiang Wang who plays Sao; it reminded a little of the climactic fight in SPL… just not as good or hardcore.