It is natural to have the drive to tell stories. Some are better than others, but I like to think that each of us has a story to tell. Even if it means telling how you brushed your teeth today, you can add a dash of emotion to it. There’s a story there.
And every story begins with an idea. That spark of your imagination that comes up while sleeping, jogging or showering.
I am curious how Derek Ting developed his concept for his trilogy. It’s far from easy, and its depth could be fascinating. He realized part of it years ago when he called a smaller film. turned Agent intelligence. In that first entry, a group of friends unleashed something they couldn’t understand.
Now Ting’s vision is being improved. With a sequel that doesn’t work as a sequel, he continues the story he thought of at some point and remains true to his drive. He doesn’t do a great job of it, but he at least makes us look. Sometimes it takes.
in the Agent reveal Jim Yung (Ting himself) was exposed to a strange dust. This dust gives him the ability to communicate with extraterrestrial beings. And it also makes him a super soldier. However, he does not understand very well what is wrong with him.
Yung is part of an experiment led by a corporation trying to avoid disaster: aliens are trying to take over Earth. The secret lies in Yung. And through combat exercises and guided by a mysterious man, Yung will play an essential role in our survival as a species.
At least that’s what I understood.
Agent reveal is more of a test than a full feature film. Yes, it is a work of passion, but these are also entitled to reviews. And Ting does what he can while staying true to the way of telling his story.
So the film gets lost from a structural point of view. The script begins with a story that has already begun, and while the film tries to shed some light on it, it also focuses on some elements that are not quite as relevant. The combat exercises, the Zen conversations, the unnecessary flashbacks. It’s all a mess that should be part of the story, but terribly fails to meet Ting’s goal of telling a compelling story.
I’m not interested in watching the same scene over and over, and while the film has some great shots in the fight scenes, it just feels lazy in the end to just rely on these. There are some things in Agent reveal that should have been historically justified.
There’s something in the Agent trilogy that turns into a remarkable science fiction action epic. It just doesn’t happen this time. Perhaps a higher budget (or better management) could improve Ting’s vision, or perhaps a script overhaul could improve the structure of the story.
As for me, I will continue to enjoy these cool footage and camera moves and kick aliens’ asses. You make me think that there is something attractive about Ting’s urge to tell a story.
Let’s see how the trilogy ends. There might be a surprise.