A Ming Dynasty palace guard He Ying (Donnie Yen) wakes up in modern day Hong Kong after being frozen for over 400 years. He finds himself caught up in the midst of an epic feud that began in his past as well as burdened with the new troubles brought on by his current fish out of water situation.
‘Iceman’ is a silly lore-filled trip that in many ways feels like an attempt to make a cartoony Chinese version of Captain America. It doesn’t take itself seriously, and the results are surprisingly fairly enjoyable, though the comedy-centered plot might disappoint fans of Donnie Yen. While some of the tropes it relies on have almost been used to death by other franchises, its creative and borderline ridiculous approach to everything reinvigorates even the most cringe worthy of ideas.
The special effects look pretty good for the most part, barring the occasional scene where the use of green screen is a bit too obvious. As far as the fight scenes are concerned, they are well-done, but in keeping with the rest of the film they often deviate in somewhat silly directions.
‘Iceman’ is the first part of a two-part story (the movie ends a bit abruptly, but don’t worry this is just an intermission not a weird artistic flourish), with its follow-up coming out soon. It is an interesting and entertaining take on the sci-fi action comedy. While it isn’t a film for everybody it is more than worth the watch for those willing to give it a chance.
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