ASIAN FILM - Review
14:42 - 1st August 2013, by Calum Waddell

Clash

Clash is a Vietnamese action epic - something which is just about as scarce as an Iranian porno picture. Consequently, this novel foreign environment (we are, after all, a bit spoilt by the Hong Kong skyline shadowing all number of screen shoot-outs) is used extremely effectively and gives this rather straightforward, trigger-happy thriller an added sense of alienation and strangeness. Certainly, the story is, in effect, not that different from you average Hollywood genre outing - with beautiful, butt-kicking babe Trinh (Thanh Van Ngo), given the task of stealing a valuable hard-drive full of confidential militia codes by an underground Mafioso who holds her child as ransom. However, after a heist goes wrong, our lady soon finds that she is unsure of whom to trust and soon becomes embroiled in all kinds of shady crime-land shenanigans. Beginning loudly and continuing at a breakneck pace - right up until its inevitably bloody finale - Clash is every bit as big, loud and brainless as the likes of The Expendables, but benefits greatly from its glamorous femme fatale in the main role. Indeed, sexy starlet Thanh Van Ngo is exactly the sort of action star that Vietnam should be proud to call its own. Surely destined for cult favoritism, this is one gun-totting girl who you will be hard pressed to take your eyes off. Her casting certainly gives Clash an extra kick.

A clash of east meets west as far as storyline goes, but its excellent leading lady makes this Vietnamese action romp well worth checking out.
SCORE: 3.5/5
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