Saturday, July 23, 2011
Herman Yau's All Of A Sudden
All of a sudden is an "adult thriller", the kind of direct to video movie that was all the rage in the mid 90's after the success of Basic Instinct et al, following a formula of plot twists, violence and most importantly sex and nudity. The film was directed by Herman Yau, most famous for his works in the category III genre, and stars Simon Yam and Irene Wan, with Yam being no stranger to category III movies either and the salacious dvd artwork, you could be forgiven for expecting something really trashy and fun.
The film starts off promisingly, with Yam's wife taking a dive from a building onto the roof of a car. It turns out she was having an affair with her boss, Alfred Cheung. Yam attacks Cheung outside the family home he shares with Irene Wan and their baby, Yam accidentally kidnaps the wife and child as he steals Cheung's car to get away. So far so good, however the film rapidly goes down hill from here with twist after convoluted twist and some frankly stupid and unbelievable behaviour from all the characters consigning the movie into pure potboiler territory. Aside from the writing, the movie is also handicapped by featuring Dayo Wong as one of the most irritating cops in any film ever.
While there are one or two brighter moments in the second half, given the pedigree of director and star with this type of material, not even a fair amount of nudity can save the movie from becoming tiresome, and unforgivably for a Herman Yau film, just plain boring. Simon Yam puts in one of the least convincing performances I've ever seen from him, he just looks like he wishes he was doing something else entirely, and after the first twenty minutes or so, I was with him all the way!