Baby Blues 詭嬰 (2013) – Hong Kong / China

Review by: Andrew Chan FCCA AACTA FIPRESCI
Review Date: 30th December 2013

Director: Po-Chih Leong
Starring: Sing Kwan Janelle, Raymond Lam, Hoi-Pang Lo, Karena Ng

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What I enjoy about watching bad movies is when there are indirect or unintentional redeeming factors. The latest Mainland horror/thriller co-production should come as no surprise that the story and ending will be as expected, but when spotting the obvious or deliberate product placement is the most interesting part of the film, it can only be bad news. I do not know whether I should be ashamed of myself as a film critic for focusing on irrelevant events. Still, there are a few chilling moments, but they are also equally cheesy that will easily make “Child’s Play” seems like cinematic magic. Don’t get me wrong, this is a terrible film and none of the above can truly save it.

Raymond Lam continues his trend of “one note” acting. He seems to have forgotten that this is a horror movie and not a TVB serial co-starring Linda Chung. It is a shame that popularity does not always equate good acting. Karena Ng, who plays Lam’s wife sister appears in a character that seems to be there due to their real life romance than anything. It is funny how she cares about Lam more than his wife (Sing Kwan Janelle) in the movie. Kate Tsui shines in comparison of the duo and even manages to put on a good show as well as providing the film with its most chilling moment in the form of singing. Lo Hoi Pang is creepy as the old man waiting outside while collecting his paycheck in appearing in yet another 2013 movie.

All in all, “Baby Blues” suffers from a lack of story, terrible casting and acting from its leads and a question of over-doing product placement. In a notable car crash scene, while the car is flying in the air, a cup of Starbucks “toliet water” appears, while in another Johnnie Walker simply walks into the film as a supporting actor. In essence films like these should never really be made and while Kate Tsui can act, “Baby Blues” cannot. (Neo 2013)

I rated it 3/10

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