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Film Review: Monkey Man 地下殺神 (2024) - USA

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Monkey Man 地下殺神 (2024) - USA


Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)


“Monkey Man” directed by Dev Patel, is an action-packed thriller inspired by Hong Kong cinema and the “John Wick” franchise. Patel's directorial debut showcases his talent both behind and in front of the camera, as he delivers a compelling performance as the title character.


The film follows a young man who endures brutal beatings in an underground fight club, wearing a gorilla mask for cash. When he discovers a way to infiltrate the city's sinister elite, his suppressed rage and childhood trauma explode, leading to a campaign of retribution.


The film excels in its technical aspects, with impressive cinematography capturing the intensity of the fight scenes. The action sequences are well-choreographed, providing an adrenaline-fueled experience. Patel's direction maintains a fast pace, keeping audiences engaged throughout. The supporting cast, including Sharlto Copley, Pitobash, and Vipin Sharma, deliver commendable performances, adding depth to the story.


However, “Monkey Man’s” ambitious scope sometimes hampers its execution. The film attempts to incorporate multiple genres, occasionally resulting in underdeveloped plotlines that overshadow the intended message. Despite this flaw, “Monkey Man” remains an engaging and entertaining watch. Patel's talent shines through, and the film's technical prowess, coupled with its captivating action sequences, make it visually stunning. While the film falls short in fully conveying its message, it remains a noteworthy action thriller that showcases Patel's potential as both an actor and a director.


I rated it 7.5/10


Reviewed in Cinemas, Hong Kong

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