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Indie Flix

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 28, 2001

Movie in limited release:

[Tristar Pictures]

'Time and Tide' waits for no one

Time and Tide (R) (110 min.) -- Hong Kong pop singer Nicholas Tse plays Tyler, an ambitious young crook dreaming of early retirement in a South American paradise. First, he needs a big score. Encountering a weary jungle mercenary (Wu Bai) and becoming bodyguard to a crime lord aren't the safest ways to do it.

Los Angeles Times film critic Kevin Thomas wrote: "Time and Tide exudes Tsui Hark's trademark bravura: a torrent of rapidly cut images depicting dizzying nonstop action involving breathtaking stunts, breakneck pursuits and bloody shootouts. Visually, the film is a stunner with its impossibly mobile camera work.

"It is also all but impossible to hold on to the story line. Time and Tide probably becomes clearer with repeated viewings, which is what a cult director like Tsui, famed for Peking Opera Blues, and many other stylish martial arts adventures, inspires. However, audiences looking for an action-adventure diversion that's easy to track are sure to get lost in a plot so ever-thickening as to be virtually impenetrable."

Opens Friday at Channelside Cinemas in Tampa.

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