Double Feature: Deadline (2009) & Gallants (2010)

While I use this week to rest up my mind, I’m going to review those backlogged movies (or at least some of them). Hopefully. I just feel like I need to recuperate my energy a little so it might be a bit sporadic.

Either way, Deadline expired on Netflix on December 1st whereas, Gallants still has a few days left.

Lets check it out 🙂



Director: Sean McConville

Cast: Brittany Murphy, Thora Birch, Tammy Blanchard, Marc Blucas, Claudia Troll

Alice (Brittany Murphy) decides to go to a secluded and abandoned house to finish up a script before the deadline. Its not long before she experiences some abnormal events in the house.   As she follows the trail, it leads her to some video camera tapes from the previous owners.  As she uses these as her muse, she realizes that there is more than she expected.


Deadline was nothing to call home about.  Honestly, I can’t really remember the majority of the movie and I just saw it last Saturday.  Could have to do with the fact I was sipping on some wine, but I don’t know.  Either way, it started off alright.  Push a few logical issues out of the way, like why the f would you trap yourself to the point where you let some other person take your car.  And, if there’s some crazy thing that happens to my computer like “He won’t let me go” or something along those lines goes off for no reason, I’d leave. Like, I’d grab my shoes and my wallet (side bag/purse, whatever you fancy) and leave, even if it means walking out for miles. BUT, thats just me.


I’m not exactly sure why I chose to watch Deadline.  I guess I never saw anything else from Brittany Murphy and felt like I should (for whatever reason) and well, Thora Birch did really well in this movie I saw last year from a DVD I grabbed from the bargain bin with like 10 flicks on it called The Hole with Keira Knightley.  I had my hesitations since I just did a month of horror and was frankly not really into any  more of it but still, this was going to expire.  Either way, its nothing that I’m going to recommend.  It tries really hard to get that twist right and I guess it does because thats about the only part I remember of the ending.  And then, there was one part that was a tad creepy but its really predictable (but I’m easily scared so I still turned away).

I’m not hating on Deadline.  I’m just not a fan.  I’m not sure it even had the potential to be better so I’m indifferent to it. Thats really where I’m at.  If I say anymore, it’ll just sound like I really hated it.



Director: Clement Sze-Kit Cheng, Chi-kin Kwok

Cast: Siu-Lung Leung, Kuan Tai Chen, Teddy Robin Kwan, You-nam Wong, J.J. Jia, MC Jin

Highly respected Master Ben Law has been in a coma for the last 30 years. His two disciples have been taking care of him ever since.  When a young and weak low rank office worker Cheung is sent to the village to claim back some property rights for a real estate project along with collaboration with the village’s real estate company, he meets the two disciples who now own a teahouse and this event awakens Master Ben Law.  Having a blur in his memory, he confuses Cheung for his two disciples and starts training him for the martial arts competition.


Gallants is a peculiar martial arts movie.  It seems to try to mock the style of Stephen Chow’s absurd comedy in the form of Kung Fu Hustle.  However, the story isn’t quite as good, especially when it doesn’t seem to know whether its a comedy or a drama.  However, it does feature some older stars from back in the Shaw Brothers days, stirring up some nostalgia.  I’ve only seen a little of Shaw Brothers and that was when I was really young.  I haven’t had the chance to see more.


Some of the characters did draw me in.  The guy who plays Ben Law is absolutely hilarious in a really awkward way.  It reflects well that he’s well behind his time because he’s stuck 30 years ago and has everything mixed up.  Whereas, in the bad guys group, I really love MC Jin (the guy in the red track suit above).  He’s really fun to watch all the time.

I’m pretty sure Gallants won’t appeal to everyone.  The start of it took me a little while to get into, just the characters and the story itself.  But if it does successfully grow on you along the way, then you will have a decent amount of enjoyment and entertainment with this one.  It worked for me to a certain extent.

I really should get more Hong Kong movies in.  I’ve always wanted to add a focus on those, just never got around to it.  So many things to watch!


Deadline wasn’t too good.  But Gallants has a strange humor that worked for me but not so sure it’ll appeal to everyone.

Have you seen Deadline? How about Gallants? Do you like martial arts flicks or Hong Kong movies in general?