(Lisa Lu, Mark Cheng, et al / DVD / NR / (2007) 2008 / Dragon Dynasty)
Overview: Incredibly thrilling and action-packed, 'Invisible Target' is kicked into high gear by the jaw dropping skills of a new group of action heroes. Directed by the famed Benny Chan (New Police Story, Rob-B-Hood), 'Invisible Target' follows a band of three rebel policemen whom stop at nothing to take down a threatening gang of thieves.
DVD Verdict: Althought the screenplay for this film lacked discipline and cohesiveness 'Invisible Target' is not a bad movie. The character development is a bit overlong and quite frankly, Benny Chan fails to bring every factor together. It seemed like the issues only tie to the plot's main premise with a lack of detail, the screenplay stumbles at times with its perfunctory style.
The three lead characters' meeting seemed so convenient and unconvincing, that it lacked needed credibility. At times, we see the three lead characters do some soul-searching and they come to an epiphany about their goals at the most unbelievable moments; (example: fisticuffs) and it all turns out so cheesy that it seemed so irrelevant that the scene appeared so stretched out.
There was an unbearable scene with kids in a school bus with a bomb counting down that was so laughable. Chan and company should have just stuck to the basics and refrained from adding wanna-be emotional/dramatic moments in the most "out of place" sequences in the film. The director put some heavy attention to its theme and emotions; said scenes turned out corny and never really did anything but hamper the film's pace. I know successful action films like 'Ong-Bak' and 'Tom Yum Goong' also have weak plots but 'Invisible Target' was so pretentious in its attempts to add depth into the simple plot.
Despite all its faults, 'Invisible Target' thankfully delivers on the action sequences. It looked like Tse did most of his own stunts while Shawn Yue and Jaycee Chan (Jackie Chan's son) had their own share of risk also. Jacky Wu Jing is very charismatic as the villain; he is in familiar territory as with 'SPL.' At least, the filmmakers had enough sense NOT to try to convince us that Tse or Yue or Jaycee can beat Wu Jing in a man to man fight.
The stunts are well done and the action sequences although it uses some CGI/wires are very well executed. Hard-hitting and somewhat brutal, the fight scenes are nicely done and fast-paced. Action choreographer Lee Chung-Chi did an admirable effort. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:
6 Deleted/Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Andy On and Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan
The Making of Invisible Target
Gen X Genius: An Exclusive Interview With Director Benny Chan
Like Father, Like Son: An Interview With Jaycee Chan
Licensed to Kill: An Exclusive Interview With Shawn Yu
Invisible Target: An Exclusive Interview With Philip Ng
Carte Blanche: An Exclusive Interview With Vincent Sze
The Action of Invisible Target
The Gala Premiere