|Out on:||DVD 5th Feb. 2018|
Orlando Bloom reinvents himself as a formidable action hero in this slick, high-stakes thriller set in Shanghai, that mixes the heist capers of The Italian Job with impressive action set pieces, and with the fighting skills from Ip Man alumni thrown in.
Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean)
Lynn Xiong (Ip Man)
Simon Yam (Ip Man, Tomb Raider)
Xing Yu (Ip Man, Kung Fu Hustle)
Charles Martin (Director Skins, Marcella)
Washed-up private security agent Danny Stratton has been reduced to low level bodyguarding operations, after a botched job when a Van Gogh painting in his care was stolen. He gets a chance to restore his reputation when he’s given the rare opportunity to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai. In the course of the mission he is ambushed, and, with the safety of the woman he loves in jeopardy, Danny has to work with his team of experts to save her, whilst also outsmarting the devious mastermind behind the heist.
We like it because:
“Failure is something I could never live with again - how’s that for assurance?”
Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings superstar Orlando Bloom proves himself a knockout action hero in this dazzling Shanghai-set feature debut from Charles Martin (director of Skins and gripping TV crime drama Marcella), from the team behind Mechanic Resurrection, Welcome To The Punch and Iron Man 3.
Bloom lights up the screen as the charismatic and not-to-be-messed-with Danny Stratton - a cross between Matthew Bourne and The Transporter. Entrusted with taking the ultra-valuable Zodiac Vase - ‘the soul of China’ - from Shanghai to London, Stratton’s hi-tech crew are hijacked on their way to the airport in a nerve-shredding chase sequence - by the same gang who hit Stratton a year before and left his career in tatters. Bloom is brilliant as a man with nothing left to lose, who’ll stop at nothing to even the score - right up to a nail-biting, vase-tossing finale.
Superbly filmed in and around the striking, neon-drenched city of Shanghai, with a pulsing soundtrack (including Katy Perry’s song Roulette) and jaw-dropping action set pieces, the film also features Simon Yam and Lynn Xiong and Xing Yu, stars of the action classic Ip Man. This is a sensational mix of twisty heist thriller with high-kicking actioner, as if Ocean’s 11 was crossed with Taken, and, with the commanding central presence of a blond, buff Bloom, THE SHANGHAI JOB is just the ticket for those in search of stylish, breathless entertainment.