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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Unbeatable (Movie Review)

I was at the screening of Unbeatable last night in GSC Pavilion KL courtesy of Tune Talk.
Unbeatable is a 2013 Hong Kong–Chinese film directed by Dante Lam. The film had it's premiere at the Shanghai Film Festival on June 18, 2013 and won the Best Actor (Nick Cheung) and Best Actress (Crystal Lee) award.



Director: Dante Lam
Producer: Candy Leung
Writer: Dante Lam, Jack Ng, Fung Chi-fung
Starring: Nick Cheung, Eddie Peng, Mei Ting, Crystal Lee



Synopsis:
Unbeatable tells about a former boxing champ Fai (Nick Cheung) who is knee-deep in debt and with no solution in sight. To escape his debtors, Fai escapes to Macau and works in a gym as an assistant instructor in weight loss classes. Hot-blooded Qi (Eddie Peng) was once the son of a rich man in Mainland China. However, the family business failed, sending his dad into alcohol-fueled depressing and forcing Qi to take up construction jobs in Macau. To inspire his father to stand up again, Qi enters an open MMA competition and starts training at Fai’s gym.

Eye candy for the ladies - Taiwanese Canadian actor, Eddie Peng. 

Check out the Unbeatable movie trailer below:-


This movie started with a slow pace drama to introduce two main characters, Qi (Eddie Peng) and Fai (Nick Cheung). Both have different ways of living their life but met each other in the gym where Fai works. The way how writer portrayed the 'master and student' relationship between Fai and Nick was one of the plots that I liked most in this movie. It's not cheesy and Fai gets to remain his acting style if you have watched his previous comedy movies. This movie could have been shorten a little by cutting some of Fai's drama with the lady and daughter who he's staying with. The mechanic of Golden Rumble MMA Championship wasn't being explained well in this movie. The movie did not show other weight class fights so it seems to have only one weight class fight through out the entire competition and not telling the audience how many fights that you have to win in order to get the $2.7million. Also, challenger who can survive for 2 rounds will win is kind of rubbish.

Nick Cheung who recently won the Best Actor award in Shanghai Film Festival was actually quite honorable with his acting experience and hardship in transforming his physic into a MMA fighter's body. As for Crystal Lee, although she's Malaysian but I found that her acting skills was a little fake and exaggerated, winning the Best Actress award visibly debatable.

Things I learnt from this movie (don't take me seriously):-
1. You will get killed if you join MMA competition at the age of 40 or more.
2. Don't bet money on your student but if you are fighting, bet on yourself.
3. If you have no idea what to do in your life, sign up for MMA competition then train like hell.

Conclusion: It is still a good watch even though you are not into MMA or any sorts of martial art. I love Nick Cheung for his excellent comedy relief dialogues. Many fight shots were taken in close up but it's good to see different submission technique performed. It's definitely more realistic and better than the movie 'Here Comes the Boom'.

Cut scene: It's a MMA movie so if they did cut off some of the fight scenes then it'll be pointless.

After credits scene: Nil

Rating: 3 / 5

Release date in Malaysia: 15th August 2013

Thanks again to Tune Talk for the Unbeatable movie screening passes. Tune Talk is the main sponsor for the upcoming ONE FC Championship in November and Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA).


.: Peace Out :.