Monday, January 27, 2014

Ah Beng: Mission Impossible (2014) Movie Review

 Genre: Comedy
Language: Malaysian Cantonese
Starring:  Jack Lim, Jeff Chin, Yumi Wong
Story (may contain spoilers!):
Ah Beng (Jack Lim) is a lowly security guard at a security guard company. One day at work, he and his colleagues as a team were on the job for protecting a singer at his gig. Then, a diehard fan started to ask the singer to marry her or she will jump from the building that she was on top of committing suicide.

At the same time, there were other various incidents happening around. A kidnapping was in progress and a snatch theft was in progress too. Ah Beng was being radioed in to handle the situation of the singer unbeknownst to the team that a kidnapping and a snatch theft was in progress. In the singer situation, the singer tried to persuade the girl to step away from the ledge and in a split second, the singer pulled the diehard fan away from the ledge resulting him in falling from the building. Meanwhile, Ah Beng was rushing to the scene but in a fluke move, he managed to stop the kidnappers and the snatch theft and having the singer land to safety.

Being made famous by this on the paper, Ah Beng was assigned a case that all he has to do is go to Korea, sign a document in order to receive a RM1 million job but has to cancel his leave for Chinese New Year. Hearing that amount of money, he agreed and take one of his friend along since all his other colleagues went on Chinese New Year leave.

Arriving in Korea, he was briefed on what his mission is. Due to the similarity in looks, Ah Beng was to take on a role as Mark Ma who is a professional bodyguard and very skillful but seemed to have disappeared without a trace. As Mark Ma, he has to be reunited with his attractive sister, Maggie, to collect the inheritance of RM500 million for the uncle and aunty of Mark and Maggie. Upon completion, he will receive a RM1 million reward.

He then underwent one week intensive training in order to act like Mark so that his sister will not suspect otherwise.

Will he be able to succeed in this mission and be in time to celebrate Chinese New Year with his loved ones? Watch the movie to find out!

This movie proves to be a little too disappointing for me. It looks too amateurish for my taste. The camera placements, the effects, the action, the comedy, it all seems like it's made by a bunch of high school kids. After some great progress that some Malaysian films had made to strive towards international standards, this just seems like it's taking a giant step back to such progress. The movie also didn't do much in cultivating a connection with the characters and the audience. I had zero care and emotions to whatever happens to anybody in the movie, whether they live or die. However, I did like Jack Lim's way of overacting which is what he exactly needed to do in this silly comedy.

On that note, I give it 2 stars out of 5.


foongpc said...

OK will give this a miss! :)

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

There are better shows out there. :)