The Duke (Hardt), one of the most dangerous of the undead,
is determined to bring a new age of darkness upon the earth as he hunts
the Fifth Prince (Chen) with a vial of blood and the ancient Vampire Bible.
But ace vampire slayer Reeve (Cheng) will not rest until the fight is over
and with the help of his innocent sister Helen (Choi), a feisty young beauty
Gypsy (Chung) and an unlikely hero, they take the fight to the vampires.
Two of Hong Kong's biggest music stars transfer their talents
to the big screen, but these two are not Asia's answer to Mary-Kate and
Ashley. They are Vampire hunting babes.
A cross between Blade and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Twin
Effect, named after the girl's act 'Twins', features Charlene Choi and Gillian
Chung mixing comedy, drama and martial arts to produce a fun action horror
movie. You can't image US teen singing and acting sensations like Britney
Spears, Mandy Moore, Lindsay Lohan or Hillary Duff ever choosing an action
horror film but to be fair most of us wish would as it would make a refreshing
change, but the Twins girls are not afraid and do it exactly right.
More tongue in cheek than pure horror, this is as entertaining
as it sounds. We have an instantly dislikeable bad guy, a dashing hero,
a misunderstood dark prince, a wannabe hero and someone who accidentally
gets dragged along for the ride. The girls themselves are suitably over
the top and not afraid to get stuck into the action. Both Charlene and Gillian
take to the martial arts like they are seasoned pros. During the climatic
face off, the pair excels in the physical roles taking on the vampires with
skill and vigour. There characters are quite good as well. Charlene's Helen
is the typical overbearing sister, whose main aim in life is to annoy her
brother, even though he is doing an extremely important and heroic job.
Gillian Gypsy is the gung-ho, out to impress trainee vampire killer who
could be more of a hindrance than a help.
Their supporting cast is also good. Ekin Cheng is the heroic
Reeve, vampire hunter and brother to Helen. Unrivalled in battle, Cheng
also excels in the fight sequences but is also quite adept in the more comedic
interactions with his sister. Edison Chen is Kazaf, the fifth Vampire Prince
and the final obstacle in The Duke's rise to ascension. Chen plays the reluctant
vampire very well, mixing the modern with the ancient. Mickey Hardt is suitably
over the top as villain The Duke and is quite evil for the tone of the movie.
There is also a great extended cameo appearance from legend Jackie Chan
who brings his unique skills and humour to the movie.
The computer-generated effects are very good and prove again
that technology can do wondrous things, even with a limited budget. The
makeup effects are not so good however, with the vampire teeth looking extremely
The Twins Effects is good fun and successfully mixes horror,
comedy and martial arts. Both Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung are very likeable
and not afraid of getting into the fight. It makes you wish that more Hollywood
teen starlets would take more chances like this.
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital
5.1 soundtrack, the transfer is very good. The picture quality is very sharp
throughout, even during the more energetic fight scenes. The sound is also
good, coming into its own during the martial acts action.
Behind the Scenes Featurette (16.15 mins)
Co-director Donnie Yen, associate producer Bey Logan and stars Ekin Cheng,
Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung, Edison Chen and Jackie Chan take you behind
the scenes of 'The Twins Effect'. The cast and crew discuss the characters
of the movie and the training they had to go through to prepare for the
movie. They then reveal what is was like working with Donnie Yen and the
girls from Twins. We also get to see Jackie Chan singing the theme tune
with Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung.
Interviews with the cast and crew (55.09 mins)
Co-director Donnie Yen and stars Josie Ho, Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung,
Edison Chen and Jackie Chan talk about their involvement in 'The Twins Effect',
their characters and their thought on the Hong Kong film industry. Highlights
include an extended interview with Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen.
Theatrical Trailer 1 (2.00 mins)
Theatrical Trailer 2 (2.04 mins)
Teaser Trailer - International Version (1.21 mins)
Teaser Trailer - Asian Version (1.04 mins)
Your chance to watch the promotional material for 'The Twins Effect'.
Some foreign movies don't always tend to get the best DVD
packages for their European and US releases but 'The Twins Effect' is a
slight exception to the rule. The movie is nicely presented with a good
set of extras. While a commentary track wouldn't have gone a miss, especially
with Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen involved, the extensive cast and crew interviews
more than make up for this, making the movie a good buy for fans and a very
good rent for everyone else.
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