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FUTURE X-COPS

A cop (Andy Lau) travels back in time to foil a corporate conspiracy against a doctor who has created a new technology, which threatens the monopoly of a city`s energy resources. Stunts and action choreography are by Tony Siu-Tung Ching (Hero," House of Flying Daggers), who coordinated more than 300 stunts for the Beijing Olympics ceremonies.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 8 Apr 2010
Genre: Action / Science Fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES, MVP ENTERTAINMENT
Cast: Andy Lau, Fan Bingbing, Fan Siu Wong, Barbie Hsu, Xu Jiao
Director: Wong Jing
Format: NA

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Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

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Watch this if you liked: “Kung Fu Cyborg”, “Astro Boy”, “Timecop”

When you buy a ticket to watch "Future X-Cops", rest assured that you'll get to watch more than just one movie - there's "Kung Fu Cyborg", "Transformers", "Astro Boy", "X-Men", "Timecop", "Antoo Fighter", "Ultraman", "Gaban", "Mr Fit: Running On Karma" and also "Robocop"!

Yes, it's a plasticky mish-mash of sorts and the final product is so painfully derivative of other familiar concepts. We are forced to ask: "Are you sure Wong Jing wrote and directed this?" Isn't he best known for doing naughty CAT III movies or rubbish slapstick comedy that are somehow unfailingly entertaining? Where did this awkward, CGI-powered, sci-fi cop thriller come from?

Wherever it was from, it sure doesn't seem like a place of flourishing originality. Andy Lau (who reportedly agreed to join the film only after the 19th rewrite of the script) is the titular top cop who time-travels from 2080 to 2020 to protect an important scientist. Also included in this story are his sexy wife Millie (Fan Bing Bing), his daughter Kiki (Xu Jiao finally gets a gender-correct role after "CJ7") and two badass humanoids (Louis Fan Siu Wong & Mainland newcomer Tang Yi Fei"), not to mention a new romantic interest - the cute and cuddly Holly (Barbie Hsu).

There's largely nothing wrong with this cast, except that they're in the wrong movie. Perhaps they trusted Wong Jing a little too confidently to have signed up for such an afterthought of a movie. Watching Andy Lau in a robot suit is so "Mr Fit" - in other words, so outdated! There are a few interesting jolts here and there to get us to sit up every now and then, however the whole adventure is frankly drab and uninspiring.

"Future X-Cops" is ironically obsolete and outdated. It isn't the worst movie in the world but there are plenty of other Andy Lau pictures you can catch this season - "Future X-Cops" isn't one of them.

Cinema Online, 06 April 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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