"Nothing to Lose"
Directed by Danny Pang.
Written by Danny Pang.
Starring Arisara Wongchalee and Pierre Png.
Release Year: 2002
Review Date: 5/2/03
Shamelessly ripping off American films like
“Bonnie and Clyde” and “Thelma and Louise” apparently works if you
are Asian filmmaker Danny Pang, who did similar things in his
“Bangkok: Dangerous.” This time around,
two young folks bent on suicide call off their respective bids for
self-inflicted death at the last minute and instead go on a
robbing/killing spree for 85 minutes. “Nothing to Lose” was bad,
and what made it worse was that the folks who run this festival
sweat Pang and his brother Oxide (talk about your Majestic Mapps of
the world) like they are the next big thing. Now, Danny Pang DID
edit “Infernal Affairs” and his skills as an editor are apparently
renowned in that neck of the woods. But here in the US directing
films, that guy wouldn’t last 15 minutes.
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