is a movie awesome in its ridiculousness, spectacular in its madness. It is by all appearances a kids' film that just happens to involve a group of plucky preteens battling a hospital full of rebels to get possession of a transplant heart. Watching this movie you WILL see buckets of blood, knees to the face, head, groin, and chest, and hardcore RC car racing all set to an orchestral synthesized soundtrack. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
a hardcore RC race pitting our plucky, orphaned leads against a group of cheating street toughs that leads to the youngest of the orphans, Wun, to suffer a cardiac episode requiring the immediate transplant of a new heart. Unfortunately, the only transplant option that's available is stuck at the local hospital a barricade of ethnic Teelor rebels/terrorists led by Johnny Nguyen seeking human rights for their minority group. Led by Wun's older brother Wuth, the kids sneak into the hospital and attempt to steal the heart and make an escape as the terrorists hold the entire staff hostage.
The movie feels a bit schizophrenic, with the "kids-at-play" elements sitting uneasily alongside the story of ethnic terrorism and human rights. The kids aren't especially natural actors, coming from the same place performance-wise as the children that occupy the DTV family films that formerly choked video store shelves and now the family section of Netflix. That's not to say they're not tremendous physical performers, participating in a parade of thrilling action scenes demanded by the increasingly bizarre script, but they're just not particularly charismatic actors at this stage in their careers. Think junior Tony Jaa's and you'll get the picture.
The actual production seems threadbare at times, with English-speaking actors stammering through their lines, scenes that are problematically under-lit, and the occasional stunt scene that seems to be the product of a "one take is good enough" philosophy. At the same time, there's the virtuosity of many of the fights with a particularly brutal and well-choreographed encounter between the kids and the lead rebel playing over and over in a little highlight reel in my head. And I was being a little glib about the RC race scene, but there's actually some real talent behind the camera when your DP is able to make a race between plastic toys cars downright gripping - but such is the case here. Power Kids
is a hard one to recommend because it's obviously a kids' film that has no business being seen by children - I'm not even sure children should be in it. I can describe the action to you in all of its lurid, gory detail, but it wouldn't do justice to the actual spectacle of the watching it. At the same, it's filled with so many insane action beats that I'd feel remiss in not recommending it. Charles is a freelance writer and game designer. You can find more of his writing at his blog, Monster In Your Veins.
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