Connected (Hongkong)

Connected is director Benny Chan's remake of the 2004 Hollywood thriller Cellular, about a kidnap victim who solicits help from a stranger through a random cell phone call.

Chan swaps in Louis Koo and Barbie Hsu for Chris Evans and Kim Basinger, adds a romance subplot between the leads, gives facetime to Motorola phones and other sellable products, and dials the whole thing up to a ridiculous and entertaining eleven. The film's sentimentality feels perfunctory, and the acting is overdone with a capital "O", but the whole thing manages to work in spite of its own rampant stupidity. Connected isn't quality, but it's fun.

Connected [Blu-ray] (2008)