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‘Undercover Punch and Gun’ review: Great fight scenes and little else

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Undercover Punch and Gun is a fast paced action movie that is also filled with suspense. Wu is an undercover officer who has managed to ensconce himself in the higher tier of the local crime ring. His cover is constantly in danger of being blown, he has formed stronger relationships than he should have, and he has been incognito for way too long. 

The movie does not bring anything new to the formula. The story is more of a backdrop to a series of action scenes. The result is a person’s enjoyment of Undercover Punch and Gun will depend entirely on what they think of these moments. There are plenty of fights, car chases, and wild locations to keep things fresh. There just is not much of a story.

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Thankfully, the fights and stunts are very impressive. Undercover Punch and Gun uses great editing to maximize the impact of every punch and kick. Each battle is nicely choreographed and the film is more reminiscent of a Shaw Brothers kung-fu movie than it is some of the recent gun-fu films. There is a lot of fun to be found in these moments.

Still, it is hard to shake the feeling that the movie is just a series of fight scenes loosely tied together by a weak narrative. This ends up taking away from much of the high octane joy of Undercover Punch and Gun. As cool as the fights may be, they lose much of their luster when there is nothing beneath the surface. The end result will not be enough to win all audiences over.

The comedy is also a mixed bag. While some of the one liners will elicit laughter, other moments are very annoying. It also brings an odd feel to Undercover Punch and Gun. Things waffle between well planned fight scenes to silly humor. This inconsistency will be the tipping point for many.

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