Movie review: From Vegas to Macau (2014)


‘From Vegas to Macau’ is one of the 2014’s Chinese New Year films from Hong Kong. It is a crime comedy film and is the fourth instalment of the famous ‘God of Gamblers’ series. However, the story is totally different and has no link to the previous films in the franchise that were highly popular back in 1980s and 1990s. This film starred Chow Yun Fat, Nicholas Tse, Chapman To, Benz Hui, Philip Ng, Sammy Sum, etc.

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I went in for this movie in hope to see a purely funny and light-hearted comedy movie since this is directed by Wong Jing, a famous Hong Kong director known for putting his nonsense humours into his film. In the end, the movie turned out not hilarious at all, and that was a serious disappointment I had after watching it. The story is so much darker with quite plenty of violence, and the worst thing is that gambling, which is supposed to be the main highlight or theme of this film had been put aside with very little emphasis. More attention is now on catching a boss of a criminal syndicate.

Honestly, I never thought the plot deviates so much from its original course. I was hoping for more actions on the gamble table but in the end, offered with plenty of fights, shootings, and undercover mission. And the extremely loud sound that come with those action scenes are unbearable. This looks more like an action thriller than a comedy film to me. What do you think?

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It’s good to see Chow Yun Fat in big screen. He is a legendary actor and I have long not seeing him in movies. As expected, he contributed a good performance to his role. Wait for the post-credit scene as you will see another copy of himself appearing, this time as the God of Gambler we famously recognized in the last few seconds. As for Nicholas Tse, I find that he isn’t interested to participate in this film. Lack of emotions and energy in acting. While on the other hand, Chapman To overdo on his actions and that’s a bit annoying.

Out of 10 points, I rate ‘From Vegas to Macau’ a total of 6.1. I was not thoroughly engaged and this Chinese New Year film failed to gives a good laugh or two unlike the others.

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