This film is interesting for two reasons. For one, Jackie Chan, who appears in this film, features Jaycee (his son), who made his acting debut and I was quite curious as to what he could do. Secondly, this film was originally called The Twin Effect II, the sequel to The Twins Effect. There were also some problems within the set itself, i.e., Jackie nearly bowed out because his son starred in the film and he didn’t want to cast any shadows on his boy’s beginning. I mean, this was a grand opportunity to see Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen participate in an epic fight. Yet, I left the film feeling extremely underwhelmed. I don’t know why they are even in the movie. It’s drawn out, filled with either bad wire-work or bad CG effects making the characters do unrealistic flying. I don’t dislike flying in other movies, but this was just done badly.
Gillian & Charlene play “Dumbbell Traders” – women who trade in male slaves, in a land ruled by an evil queen where all men are slaves and love is outlawed. Jackie Chan’s son and some gawky teenager play two such dumbbells, who come across an artefact that implies one of them might be the true king of the land – thus begins a quest, of sorts, and a love story. Abandoning all attempts at seriousness is good for Twins Effect II. The plot, if there’s one, is smorgasboard style. One interesting reference, probably not intentional, is to Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers, where one of the two guys are suspected to be a king, so that one of the two gals entertains the expectation of being queen. The turnout is different though.
Apparently, the Twins Effect films are not supposed to have any continuity because it’s just a franchise vehicle to market these popular HK twin celebrities. Which is sad, because the first film was entertaining. This film is just strange and more so comedic. Makes me think the budget was used up by the starring cast. The movie had its moments, it’s worth a rental at least, but it’s not so terrible that it needs to be avoided upon pain of death as some might have you believe. If nothing else, it’s colorful and lively; just don’t expect an epic blockbuster. And while some praised Anthony Wong’s acting, many felt that it was a mistake to attempt to make the movie more than what it was, a popcorn summer flick.
The special effects in this film are actually worse than those in Stormriders. The action scenes also suffer from some major plagiarism – there are lots of moves and shots lifted from any number of Yuen Wo Ping films, which is to be expected from Donnie, but there are also a couple of shots ripped off blatantly from Azumi. So, in conclusion, I may have pointed out a few merits above connected with this film, but in all honesty, only watch this movie if you are interested to see the virgin acting skills of 23 year old lead character, son of Jackie Chan.