ReviewWriter: Lester Gan Wai LunWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Treasure Inn” “Men Suddenly In Love” and “Future X Cops”
Claiming itself to be the best family movie of the summer; "Treasure Hunt", directed by Wong Jing delivers the complete opposite, filling it with corny jokes and poorly executed action scenes. A" comedy" film that will leave any audience above the age of 12 stoned faced and disappointed. Having a reasonable amount of budget to work with and delivering us something expected of a low budget film is highly unacceptable.
Director Wong Jing who is widely known to not take criticism of his films well, obviously has learnt nothing from it. He constantly preaches about how his films are made to please the audiences, but what he has forgotten not to do is to try too hard. It's a film about a renowned director in the advertising industry, Peggy (Cecilia Cheung), who is married to Andy (Ekin Cheng) and has a three-year-old son Lucas (played by her real son Lucas Tse). She is then persuaded by her boss to shoot an advertisement on a deserted island with the "Strongest Man in the Galaxy" (by that name itself one could tell how corny the film will be) Mr. Big (Ronald Cheng), not only is he the strongest man; he's also a well-known womaniser. So like any sane woman would do, she packs up and leaves to a deserted with said strong man/womaniser (sense the sarcasm). After a few series of events as they're shooting a scene for the ad, they literally bump into Star (Shao Bing), a 'Chinese Tarzan'. From there on, they find themselves to be on a treasure hunt that is hidden on the island. With the story being laid out, it seems like the film is something only Stephen Chow can pull off, as it needs someone with originality, which Wong Jing clearly lacks.
The casts were probably the best part of this film, Cecilia Cheung and her son Lucas had good chemistry in front of the camera, not surprising though, as they are mother and son in real life. Ronald Cheng as Mr. Big portrays an obnoxious womaniser pretty well rendering him a character that you will either enjoy or really hate. The plot is weak and predictable, nothing special here. The action scenes feels like a 1990s Kung Fu flick remade into a comedy- the exaggerated flying of characters is something no one appreciates these days. The comedy is poorly written and mainly consists of physical collisions (like what one would see in the "Tom and Jerry" cartoon).
To sum it up, it is not the best family movie of the summer; it will not even pass as the best family movie of the week. However fans of Cecilia Cheung or Ronald Cheng should find no harm in watching it. It's either a 'hate it' or 'love it' film, in the end though, it's up to the audience to decide.Cinema Online, 15 August 2011