Code Blue is an average medical drama whose claim to fame is its trio of young stars Yamashita Tomohisa, Aragaki Yui and Toda Erika. While certainly photogenic they fail to impress since the narrative spends an inordinate amount of time on patients and medical procedure and makes the mistake of saddling the leads with pedestrian character arcs that are not even fully explored. In fact, the real stars of the show are the veteran cast headed by Yanagiba Toshiro who plays their mentor Kuroda Shuji and the actress Ryo as the veteran, though internally conflicted doctor Mitsui Kanna.
There are movies that strive mightily to be insightful and compelling but end up being nothing more than pretentious and haughty exercises that insult rather than inspire. On the other hand there are films that don’t strive for great artistic heights, instead content to chug along merrily knowing their exact purpose. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is such a film. It knows that it’s nothing more than an action adventure romp akin to a Saturday morning cartoon and it relishes every moment of its running time.
What are the three most damning words ever to be uttered about a movie? Simply put: “Straight to video.” In other words, “This movie is just so bad we don’t want to lose more money than we have spent already on this turd so we’re going to just send it straight to the video store in a lame effort to recoup our costs.”
Remakes have always been a staple Hollywood product and Bangkok Dangerous is no exception. Based on a 1999 Thai movie of the same name and directed by the same Pang brothers, this new installment takes the well worn track of following a master assassin named Joe (Nicolas Cage) who embarks on his final assignment before retirement.