Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sean Kelly

Reel Asian 2014: Overheard 3

Overheard3

For decades, development in Hong Kong’s New Territories were kept stable by the Ding House Policy, which allowed Dings (male heirs) to build houses on premium free land. However, according to Uncle To (Kenneth Tsang), this policy is a waste of land and he begins plans with the Luk brothers, headed by Keung (Sean Lau), to build a series of high rises.  Jau (Louis Koo), who has just spent five years in prison for performing a hit for Uncle To and the Luks, works with a hacker named Joe (Daniel Wu) and Uncle To’s daughter Yu (Michelle Ye) to spy on the Luks and take them down.

Written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong (Infernal Affairs), Overheard 3 is the third and final film in a trilogy of surveillance-based thrillers.  A previous knowledge of the Overheard series isn’t really required, since the three films are unrelated plotwise, with the exception of the surveillance theme and stars Louis Koo, Sean Lau and Daniel Wu.  That said, with a large cast of characters and quite a bit of expositional dialogue, it can be still very easy to get somewhat confused by the story.

Despite featuring a somewhat odd scene early on, involving drugged characters breaking out into song, Overheard 3 is a fairly standard surveillance thriller.  At the core of the film is Jau, who is right in the middle of this web of deception, involving the development of the Hong Kong New Territories.  With there being much more talking than action, Overheard 3 is bit dull to watch at times, however the plot does come together somewhat by the end.  Altogether, Overheard 3 is an OK enough, yet somewhat hard to follow, surveillance thriller.

7 | FAIR 

Screenings:

  • Sunday, November 16, 4:30 PM – SilverCity Richmond Hill

Sean Kelly

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).