Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Big Match (2014) Fantasia 2015
Mixed Martial arts fighter Choi Ik-ho is arrested after his championship match is canceled and his brother goes missing. The cops think his brother killed someone and they think he knows where he is. While in lock up he's contacted by Ace a master criminal who produces a show where people are forced to travel across a city and fight. If Choi Ik-ho wants to see his brother again he'll take the help out of the jail cell and begin his trek across the city- fighting the cops and other people as he goes.
The plot line is nothing new but the sheer glee and humor is. The fact the film isn't deadly serious despite the bone crushing action is wonderful. Where films like RUNNING MAN or COWEB or any others never got the tone right or sacrificed plot for action BIG MATCH gets it all right. Well mostly right since the film has a few plot bumps of its own to deal with.
Outside of the jokes, which bubble up from the interaction of well drawn characters, the real reason to see this film is the action. The action is incredible. Its nice set up so that it flows naturally out of the situation at hand- a room full of cops leads into a battle with riot control cops in the parking area leads into a street chase which leads into...the next bigger fight or dangerous situation.
What I loved was that I lost myself in this utter nonsense as I waited for the next turn to pop up. This is the sort of movie that popcorn was invented for.(Okay well not really but you know what I mean)
This film is blast and a half and not a deep thought anywhere in it.
Definitely worth your time when it plays this afternoon at Fantasia. For tickets and more information go here.