Meltdown (1995)
Doble Mortal
Haute tension
High Risk
Máscara da Morte
Meltdown - La Catastrofe
Shu dan long wei
Sue daam lung wei
Terreur à Hongkong
Terror en Hong Kong
Total Risk

Nomination Year: 2015
SYNOPSIS:  This movie feels like a cross between Die Hard and a Jackie Chan movie, starring Jet Li. It puts a few interesting twists on its otherwise-basic Die-Hard-meets-City-Hunter formula.

One of the major characters is named Frankie Lone. Frankie is the source of a lot of the Jackie Chan feel to this movie. Frankie is a well-known martial arts movie star, and makes a big deal to the press about doing all of his own stunts. But we see that when Frankie is too hung over to safely do a stunt, he uses a stunt double -- our main character, Kit Li (Jet Li). Sound like a snarky version of a certain action film star? Does it give you a hint if I tell you the actor who plays Frankie Lone is named Jackie Cheung? He looks at least as much like Jackie Chan as Bruce Le looks like Bruce Lee.

The plot is derivative of Die Hard in the sense that f'(x) = (f(x+h) - f(x)) / h. A group of terrorists attack a high-rise building, keeping hostage a group of people in order to steal something valuable. One of the people that wasn't in the initial hostage group (Kit) is a highly-trained ex-policeman, and he causes trouble for the terrorists, as do some of the guests (such as Frankie).

Really, it's not worth wasting time on the plot of this movie. Like a good Hong Kong action movie, the fun is in the fight sequences. There's one with a small car, one with track lighting, one with a grand piano....

And that's the problem with this movie, from a Smithee perspective -- it is highly entertaining with a lot of great action sequences. An Inane Dialogue here, sure, a bit of Overkill there, yes, but I don't know that this movie is bad enough to tread upon classic Smithee Awards turf, except....

The Whoops!es. There is precedent for using an otherwise-good movie when we are short on Whoops! And they were plentiful and bounteous.

Smithee Award Winner! "Cutting Butter With A Chainsaw"

Oooh, that'll leave a (track) mark.
Kit is fighting one of the sub-bosses. At the end of the fight, he gains an advantage by using track lighting as giant nunchuks. Then he uses it as a bolo to strangle the man. But the guy keeps reaching for a gun, so Kit throws one end through an electrical panel ... and with the other, impales the sub-boss. That's got him!

Smithee Award Winner! Inane Dialogue

...or not
The bomb timer counts down. "Cut the red!" yells Kit. The cop under the bus cuts the red wire. The counter stops at 0001. "Bomb's disarmed, Lieutant!" says the cop under the bux. "You hear that?" says a teacher on the bus. "We'll be all right! It's okay!" At which point, the countdown resumes and the bus explodes.

Smithee Award Winner! "Whoops!"

Quick-change Artist
The young cop is begging his girlfriend Joyce to give him another chance. As he chases after Joyce and her co-worker, their uniforms suddenly become stylish eveningwear as they walk out of the building.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Jet Li yes, the guy from Once Upon a Time in China and Lethal Weapon 4 
Jacky Cheung is to Jackie Chan as Bruce Li is to Bruce Lee 
Director Claim to Fame
Jing Wong not only did he write, direct, and produce this movie, but also the Jackie Chan vehicle City Hunter 
Lun Ah credited as "executive director" -- is not the source of the word lunacy, but what Lun Ah see in this film is pretty crazy 

Kevin Hogan

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