"The story should have been simple, but Ringo Lam's "The Adventurers" has a plot that's a convoluted cluster-fuck to the max."
- Mighty Peking Man
The Adventurers (1995)
Director: Ringo Lam
Producer: Peggy Lee Schaeffer
Writer: Ringo Lam, Sandy Shaw, Ip Kwong Yam
Cast: Andy Lau, Rosamund Kwan, Wu Chien-Lien, Paul Chiang, Ng Choi Nam, John Chiang, Victor Wong
Running Time: 91 min.
Plot: An international spy thriller that follows a young boy's adventurous journey through Thailand's dangerous Golden Triangle and his 20-year-old vow to avenge his parents' death.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: The story should have been simple, but Ringo Lam's "The Adventurers" has a plot that's a convoluted cluster-fuck to the max. As many unnecessary twists and turns it has, it was very easy to follow; but way too feeble to appreciate. They could have made 3 or 4 separate movies from everything they cobbled together (heck, 20 minutes of it could have been another entry in the "Moment of Romance" saga). I'm not sure if it was intentional to make a simple " revenge" so long and winding. If it was, they definitely took the wrong approach.
It does have some notable action sequences including: a Rambo-like sequence that has Andy launching some heavy firepower from the helicopter he's flying (minus Stallone's trademark yelling) and a more comedic shoot-out that involves a half-naked Wu Chien-Lien lying on top of Andy while he caps off the enemies around and between her legs.
Considering Lam's impressive filmography and some serious Hong Kong talent which includes Andy Lau, Rosamund Kwan and the very lovely Wu Chien-Lien, "The Adventurers" fails. But if you're in it just for some quick, bloody action as well as some major explosions, then, you can't go wrong. Just don't expect that gritty, raw, realistic, intense shit we've known to love in a Ringo Lam film. And by the way, I have no idea why they call this film "The Adventurers". Perhaps, that's the title they should have gave Ringo and his film crew for being so adventurous while making it.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 5.5/10