From Vegas to Macau 3 review – An action-packed sequel with solid laughs

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Chow Yun Fat returns to the casino floor alongside Nick Cheung, Shawn Yue and Carina Lau in a light-hearted action comedy that should play strongly over the Lunar New Year holidays.

The film’s synopsis and trailer are below:

“Ken’s daughter, Rainbow (Kimmy Tong) and his protégé, Vincent (Shawn Yue) host a grand wedding ceremony at a resort hotel in Macau. During the ceremony, Mark (Nick Cheung), receives a call from his buddy, Michael Chan (Andy Lau), warning him to beware of a mysterious tycoon (Jacky Cheung) who has hired mercenaries to kill Ken (Chow Yun Fat). An explosion during the wedding causes both Rainbow and Vincent to fall into coma, while Ken and Mark are accused to have engulfed DOA’s illicit money. Enraged, Ken swears to get vengeance and to pursue the mastermind who has entangled them in his evil plans.”

The producers have done a sterling job roping many big names and familiar faces into the cast.

From Vegas to Macau 3 has even less gambling than its predecessor. To compensate, the film packs gunfights, explosions and even a squad of robots. The latest installment features a tense stand-off between cops, Interpol and gun-toting henchmen in a maximum security prison. Others include fighting scenes involving Ken’s robo-butler capable of speaking in the Chiu Chow dialect against the goofily high-tech robots resemblant to that of Transformers.

A good deal of explosive action takes place inside the prison walls.

A good deal of explosive action takes place inside the prison walls.

The film has also taken a slightly different direction, adding Hollywood style of special effects where Director Wong Jing gleefully referred some of the action sequences to that of Iron Man’s flying suit. Granted, Chow does participate in the action, but not enough to make a big deal about it.

Nick Cheung is the source of one of the biggest laughs of the film.

Nick Cheung is the source of one of the biggest laughs of the film.

Nominally From Vegas to Macau 2’s lead actress, Carina Lau was absent from the bulk of the film. Some love interests are shoehorned in as well with Chow reuniting with an old flame, Lau. The movie’s producers also decide to add another male character (Jacky) to create some sort of divide between the two love birds which is the central focus of the film. Jacky and Lau infuse their scene together with as much feeling as they can, however the connection between Jacky and Lau never quite rings true.

Chow, Lau and Jacky are embroiled in a love triangle.

Chow, Lau and Jacky are embroiled in a love triangle.

The only other significant female role is Ko Fei, played by Li Yuchun, whose flirtation with Nick is never adequately resolved while battling stealthy assassins and gigantic robots. Communication among Chow, Shawn and Kimmy are also underwritten and kept very minimal.

Ken's protege (Shawn Yue) manages to woo Rainbow (Kimmy Tong).

Ken’s protege (Shawn Yue) manages to woo Rainbow (Kimmy Tong).

However, fun is expected and From Vegas to Macau 3 provides that consistently. Like the previous films, much of the enjoyment comes from seeing Chow interacting with Andy while the Cheung + Li pairing draws the maximum thrills and giggles from every frame.

From Vegas to Macau 3

Chow committing just as much to the daft comedy and song-and-dance interludes as he does to skewering his trademark brooding hero archetype.

Runtime: 1 hr. 53 min.

Starring: Chow Yun Fat, Nick Cheung, Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Carina Lau, Shawn Yue

Release Date: 5 February 2016

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