Friday, August 4, 2023

Mad Fate (2023) Fantasia 2023 NYAFF 2023

The life a fortune teller goes horribly wrong after he tries to change the fate of a young woman destined to die. It doesn’t work and he finds his life in free fall and connected to a young man with mental issues and a serial killer who is being hunted by a relentless cop.

Belt in boys and girls and prepare for a film unlike any other.  It’s the result of director Soi Cheang (ACCIDENT, MOTORWAY, LIMBO) collaborating with Johnnie To and screenwriter Yau Nai-Hoi (RUNNING ON KARMA, THROW DOWN, BLIND DETECTIVE) to make a film that is quite simply unlike anything you’ve experienced outside the work of the trilogy of filmmakers. A mix of genres including horror, action, drama, comedy and a few others, this is a film that doesn’t behave in any expected ways. If you hate predictable films this film is for you. I say that because twenty minutes in I stopped trying to second guess what was going on and just went with it.

This film may not always make perfect sense (the filmmakers are notorious for that sometimes), but God damn it is compelling. You simply will not be able to look away from the screen because you will have to know how this all plays out.

Wow. Wow and wow.

Easily one of the best films at Fantasia and NYAFF, not only because it’s a film that will have you on the edge of your seat, but also because it is a film that forces you to engage with it on multiple levels whether you want to or not.

Highly recommended.

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