TIFF 2016 Movie Review: GODSPEED (Taiwan 2016)

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

godspeed_poster.jpgGODSPEED (Taiwan 2016) **
Directed by Chung Mong-Hong

Starring: Leon Dai, Na Dow, Michael Hui

Review by Gilbert Seah

The main attraction of this drug caper comedy is Michael Hui who in his hey day was directing his brothers in the funniest of Hong Kong comedies. In GODSPEED, he plays a cab driver caught in a drug delivery racket. Na Dow (Na Dow) is a drug mule who travels across Taiwan delivering top-quality heroin.

He found the job by simply answering an ad, and his method of transporting the illegal goods is equally mundane: he hails a cab in the morning, rides it from the north of the country to the south, delivers a package, and returns in the same cab that night.

The cab driver is middle-aged Hong Kong native who came to Taiwan some 25 years ago, Old Xu (Michael Hui) goes out of his way to be hired and, even though he’s been driving all night, agrees to take Na Dow down south in hopes of making some extra cash and getting a little closer to retirement. Chung’s film is funny in parts but not consistent as a comedy. The uneven mix of violence and slow rendering of the humour both create a very odd comedy, with the laughs coming too few and far between.

Hui is still a pleasure to watch, but he has done better in his earlier comedies.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=HdHhJL0WQgE

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