Fei ying (Silver Hawk) (2004)

silverhawkThe audience for “Silver Hawk,” will be split in two groups. One group will despise it for being the usual fluffy science fiction blockbuster malarkey, while the other group will enjoy it for the guilty action and camp. And you can’t really blame either for their thoughts. Michelle Yeoh’s actioner “Silver Hawk,” makes no bones about itself. It’s a really ridiculous and utterly moronic action film. You can see that by the fact that only within a minute the action begins without much preamble to recollect. Silver Hawk leaps over a bridge on her motorcycle and gets to work. Like a “Matrix” fan girl, Lulu Wong is a vigilante who, with her silver outfit, sneaks around stealthily, dons some odd sunglasses, and kicks the asses of anyone who dare confronts her during a mission.

While “Silver Hawk” is fun, it’s about as disposable as a paper cup. You use it once and you won’t really be using it again. “Silver Hawk” will be good for one viewing, and beyond that there won’t be much replay value, because it will really connect to those who enjoy the martial arts films fit for children with set pieces fit for a cheap kids show, and of Milla Jovovich’s brain dead action films will also enjoy what it has to offer. “Silver Hawk” is a campy and entertaining throwback to fodder like “Batman” and “The Green Hornet.” Lulu is an orphaned girl who inherited millions, became an aristocrat, globe-trots, has her very own assistant to help in her affairs in her white mansion, and fights crime.

Familiar, sure, but I love a good superhero yarn. I mean, what’s so bad about watching people fight on bungee cords, and two villains with a jet fighter helmet (You may recognize Michael Jai White) and purple hair walk into a public exhibit without drawing notice? In the end “Silver Hawk” is an idiotic rehash that made no real sense. A scientist creates an AI device that decides for its owners what it needs. A madman with metal fists kidnaps him, and demands the device be rigged for mind control and… well, it gets very hazy after that. Suffice it to say, beyond the plot set-up and frantically edited fight scenes, “Silver Hawk” is pretty nonsensical with a climax that’s void of any sense of closure or coherency.

It becomes very disjointed by the end, and then you’re left wondering why the villain had two henchmen who were beaten senseless and literally walk off pouting afterward. Seriously, what’s up with that? I give crap like “Ultraviolet” grief for being nonsense, but the difference here is that Michelle Yeoh can act, she has charisma, and her character is actually quite likable. You won’t get much out of “Silver Hawk,” so don’t expect an elaborate action film. You’ll receive stunts, brightly lit fights, and Michelle Yeoh laying on the charm, and that was enough for me. I loves me a hot woman in a costume kicking ass, and “Silver Hawk” provided that guilty pleasure with Michelle Yeoh in what is admittedly a ridiculous action movie, but may provide satisfying entertainment for fans of super hero yarns. Just put on shades while watching this to prevent migraines.