Ultimate Intelligence
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Lau Ding-kin.

Good lord. Or should I say Lord, since this evangelical film is all about God's love. I wouldn't be surprised if they had priests at the exits during its theatrical run to baptize new converts. When a young man gets into a horrible car accident, his mom prays to Buddha while his friends pray to Jesus. When he recovers, the Jesus contingent takes credit. But he's paralyzed, and can't communicate with anyone, which leads a software developer to come up with a new product, "Ultimate Intelligence Beyond God," with which he hopes to become famous with. It's a familiar conflict, after all, probably more people commune with Microsoft Windows every day than with God. But as is typical in religious films, people looking to earn a living through capitalism are evil and must be saved. Despite its low budget, shot on Digital Video look, the production is pretty good, the actors acquit themselves nicely, and I was never completely bored. As for the story, Ultimate intelligence it isn't, hell, I would have settled for intelligence of any kind. ("A tragedy has occurred, what should we do?" "Let's all pray to God." "OK!") An unsubtitled postscript seems to indicate that the film is based on a true story. The end credits include outtakes where all the actors blow lines and laugh, which seems a little incongruous and kind of blows the mood, considering this wasn't a comedy.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 16, 2004.

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