ICEMAN 3D 2014 Review: Not Very Good But Action Star ‘Donnie Yen’ Make It Special

A powerful Ming Dynasty warrior who lands in modern-day Hong Kong by accident in this movie, action star Donnie Yen delivers his lines with so little enthusiasm that many of the jokes often fall flat.

Ice Man Sumary:

Donnie Yen is a Ming Dynasty palace guard, wrongly accused of murder and hunted by three vengeful brothers. All four are accidentally buried, frozen at the height of battle. 400 years later. They are defrosted and resume their mortal struggle – while also adjusting to modern-day life.

In this action-comedy, Yen is the Great Wall of China differentiating deadpan from plain dead.

As a powerful Ming Dynasty warrior who lands in modern-day Hong Kong by accident in this movie. He delivers his lines with so little enthusiasm that many of the jokes often fall flat.

There is a ridiculous gag where one of his hidden talents is the ability to pee as powerfully as a fire hose. Portrayed by someone else more goofy (think Stephen Chow), the joke might have worked, but with wooden Yen, it just comes across as creepy.

He is not convincing as a romantic leading man either. There is no chemistry between him and May (Huang giving an affected performance), a bar girl he stumbles upon by chance at a Halloween street party in Hong Kong clubbing district Lan Kwai Fong.

After being taken back and forth in time over numerous flashbacks, the perplexed viewer would quickly feel lost in all the confusion involving a time- travel device known as the Golden Wheel, which is powered by the genitalia of a deity (it gets more complicated than this).

It does not help that much of the comedy works only in Cantonese, so Singapore audiences instantly lose much of whatever humour works when they watch the Mandarin-dubbed version.

Hopefully, the second instalment of this two-parter film, slated for release later this year, has got the puerile humour out of its system to focus on only the action.

Movie Info

Stars: Donnie Yen, Baoqiang Wang, Shengyi Huang, Yu Kang, Simon Yam and Hoi-Pang Lo.

Writer: Fung Lam.

Director: Wing-cheong Law.

Runtime: 

The Critics saying about Ice Man 3D 2014:

Charles Solomon (Los Angeles Times)

Simultaneously overblown and underdeveloped, “Iceman” fails equally at showcasing the talent of its star and resolving its baroque plot.

Andy Webster (New York Times)

The delirious blend of over-the-top wire work and comedy recalls the To classic “The Heroic Trio”. And a sense of brash, goofy invention prevails.

Simon Foster (Screen-Space)

Law’s lame-brained concoction aims to be, in equal parts, a martial-arts opus, low-brow crowd-pleaser and mystical history lesson; what emerges is an often incomprehensible mash-up that plays murky, amateurish and puerile.

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