The hands-down winner of the year’s most cloying
title, My Heart Will Go On has a surprisingly
accurate moniker. Sadly, it only serves to hinder this
hugely average flick from Mandarin Films. It’s a standard
potboiler about a hired killer and a woman - with a
heart transplant thrown in.
Nicky Wu is Leo (gag!), an
aimless hitman who’s soulful because he’s played by
a little Sky King. He has heart disease so he’s due
to bite it rather soon. When he wants out of the biz,
his evil boss and henchman (Ma Tak-Chung) aim to take
him out. Caught in the crossfire is a nice guy cop BB
(Lawrence Ng) who’s due to be married to a florist named
Maggie (Ada Choi). BB’s heart gets donated and wouldn’t
you know it, it ends up in Leo’s chest cavity. The bad
guys still want him dead, but he possesses a vial of
deadly poison gas that they’ll all kill for. If that
wasn’t enough, Leo’s heart starts doing strange things
to him. He begins to take on parts of BB’s personality,
and soon he’s led to Maggie.
This mixture of Heart Condition and The Killer has a reasonably far-fetched but
watchable plot that’s all but submarined by various
parties. The title stinks in its origins, as we can
only think about a big sinking boat. Worse, the film
has terrible production values, starting with poor cinematography
and an atrocious synthesized music score. It’s also
directed like complete crap until the second half, where
the film improves by 800%. That’s mostly due to the
always welcome Ada Choi, but Raymond Wong and co. can
only salvage a total mess.
This is watchable, but
still total crap without enough abandon to vault it
into classic trash status. The action and actors are
all B-quality, and some are even lower on the alphabet.
The evil bad guy is an absolute riot, as he gets to
laugh maniacally a total of three times in the first
12 minutes of the film. Nicky Wu is his usual plastic
self. The lone bright spot is Ada Choi, who has a range
of emotions that far eclipses most of her contemporaries.
Still, her usual bag is to be better than the material,
and that’s certainly the case here. (Kozo 1999)