Blu-ray Review: BLEEDING STEEL

BLEEDING STEEL was written and directed by Leo Zhang and stars Jackie Chan, Show Lo, Nana Ou-yang, Erica Xia-hou, Callan Mulvey and Tess Haubrich.

In an action-packed drama reminiscent of ’80s techno-sci-fi thrillers, Jackie Chan stars as Lin, a police inspector in modern Hong Kong. While tracking down a deranged, mecha-enhanced villain, Lin discovers that a geneticist’s lost bio-chemical invention has been surgically implanted into his missing daughter. With the help of a young hacker, Lin connects the dots between the device that haunts his daughter, his enemy’s sinister army, and a strange cultural phenomenon called “Bleeding Steel.”

The opening scene in Bleeding Steel shows the first encounter between Lin (Jackie Chan) and Andre (Callan Mulvey), a dark agent who is after this bio-chemical invention. The encounter turns into a deadly fire fight between the police force that’s protecting the doctor who’s in possession of this invention and this mysterious agent and his soldiers in black but Lin keeps him from getting his hands on what he came for. What happens is, this bio-chemical invention gets surgically implanted into Lin’s dying daughter and this gives her a second chance at life but she also has to go into hiding just in case Andre ever returns because he wants what this invention has to offer for himself.

Thirteen years pass and guess what, Andre returns to retrieve the bio-chemical invention and now he’s a cyborg because his first encounter with Lin left him severely damaged. The technology has also changed over the years and now the world they live in has all kinds of high-tech gadgets and weapons that can be used in battle. Andre is once again after this elusive bio-chemical invention and unfortunately this time Lin’s daughter is located and captured. It’s a race against time for the hero to try and save his daughter from certain doom so he heads back into the battlefield but this time Lin has a few new allies to help him in his fight against Andre the killer cyborg.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some similar artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Jackie Chan’s movies can be hit or miss and Bleeding Steel ended up being one of the ones that hit because I found it to be entertaining. The story about this hidden invention really wasn’t anything original because we’ve gotten plenty of movies over the years similar to this, so what stood out to me were these characters and exciting action. Just about all of Jackie Chan’s movies include some well choreographed fight sequences, martial arts and stunts and Bleeding Steel is no different when it comes to the fun stuff because it’s jampacked with action. Something else this movie offers is the sci-fi element and with that comes some impressive special effects, tech and gadgets and it all looks great on screen. All in all, I’ll have to admit that I enjoyed this movie for what it is, a sci-fi action thriller that stars a living legend. Bleeding Steel will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on August 21st.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 110 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Mandarin/English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

 

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