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TBS's INVINCIBLE!! Talk Back!!

I am – Hercules!!

It’s Billy Zane week! He sings on “Boston Public” Monday night; at 7 p.m. Sunday night TBS airs “Invincible,” starring a far balder Zane.

TV Guide says:

Cutting-edge effects and high-flying martial-arts action punch up this stylish 2001 cable thriller from co-executive producers Mel Gibson and Jet Li. Billy Zane stars as a mystical warrior named Os, a former evildoer who renounces his wicked past by waging war against the supremely sinister Slate (David Field) and the Shadowmen, who are plotting to destroy Earth by using the powers of an ancient tablet. The quick-fisted wizardry of Os is on display when he rounds up four modern-day fighters---representing the elements fire, water, air and metal---and molds them into a cohesive superhuman unit to foil Slate. Michael Fu: Byron Mann. Serena: Stacy Oversier.

The Hollywood Reporter says:

This is what it must be like to watch the Fantastic Four after dropping acid. "Invincible" isn't so much a movie as it is a vacation from one's senses, a surrealistic blur of computer-generated mayhem, illusion and warrior platitudes that feels like something the late Ken Kesey might have had a hand in. It's the martial arts movie as visually arresting dream sequence: East meets "The Matrix." … Once you add "Titanic's" Billy Zane to the mix as a kind of Timothy Leary-style philosopher and fairly immobile martial artist, you've got one very weird film-viewing experience. It's almost as if scribes Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Jefery Levi were trying to see how far they could push this whacked-out mysticism thing before we'd all just kind of go, "OK, you've screwed with my mind long enough. Now please -- for the love of God -- let somebody make sense before it's too late!" Levi (who also directs) is clearly most interested in creating an artistic mood piece than a cohesive story. He relies on director of photography John Stokes, action sequence master Mark Wareham and SFX supervisor Dave Roberts to evoke an ethereal tapestry of action and interplay. It's a feast for the eyes, all right, as original artistically as it is intellectually insipid.

Variety says:

TBS martial arts actioner "Invincible" starts strongly, promises much and delivers little. It's a movie that markets itself as a kung-fu pic, but is so determined to be spiritually meaningful, and is so puerile in its sensibility, that lead Billy Zane is more self-help guru Tony Robbins than Bruce Lee. If the ensemble would just shut up and fight, pic would be bearable, but even when they do battle at the end it's pretty underwhelming. … The biggest problem by far, though, is that the editing has to compensate for the weak action scenes. Hong Kong fight choreographer Tony Siu-Tung Ching has done great work in the past (his credits include John Woo's "The Killer"), but he either doesn't have enough to work with or wasn't given enough time. There's about a minute of fun fighting in "Invincible," another minute of relatively bland wirework and the rest is tripe.

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  • Nov. 18, 2001, 7:11 p.m. CST

    First, I would llike to say the Lions suck

    by AdenStark

    Could the Detroit Lions BE any worse? Anyway, I am looking forwad to this, it has toughness potential.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by Andre Nickatina

    Damn, I'm good.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Or not.

    by Andre Nickatina

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Fire, Water, Air, and Metal?

    by KrisTM

    "The quick-fisted wizardry of Os is on display when he rounds up four modern-day fighters---representing the elements fire, water, air and metal---and molds them into a cohesive superhuman unit to foil Slate." ........ I guess this is what the AOLized Turner Entertainment is doing with its valuable Captain Planet franchise.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I don't know what any of you guys are talking about...I was

    by Milktoast

    Why was the reunion shot like it were an action film, for pete's sake. Reunions should retain the essential look of the original sitcoms. Overly lit with cardboard window scenes and artificial furnition to go along with these character's artificial lives. Even the 90's Brady features knew enough that it has to get some semblance of the look. How can any of us take The Facts of Life seriously after this?

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 9:46 p.m. CST


    by eva_star

    I've seen the first half of it. It's really good so far. I thought that Billy Zane was going to be so horrible at first, but his dry sense of humor was kinda refreshing. I can't wait to see the end. Byron Mann is sooooo HOT!! Oooh, that scene with him in those black shorts w/o a shirt on, wow!! ^_^

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Where is the USAToday review that tears it a new asshole?

    by Smeg For Brains

    It was hilarious. I didn't even bother watching it because I had better things to do.

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 12:07 a.m. CST

    The connecting logic is that this Martial Arts Fantasy...

    by Lobanhaki

    is a Christian Allegory, with some mystical elements thrown in. The people who wrote this film (at least Michael Brandt and Derek Haas) are Baylor Grads. Personally, I think it got some of the point across, and at the very least it didn't take itself too seriously. I like the jokey way that Os worked on things. But I do think it got a little too dense, and there was too much of the need to have prior knowledge of the writer's background to decode the meaning within.

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Kinda cool, Zane was good, and the lighting ???

    by Z0D

    When I first saw the promos I thought that this would be some sort of mini-series, but I guess I am wrong. Overall it was hip and stylish, but ended up to be as bland as that UPN martial arts show with that Cosby kid. >>>There were many things I saw that could have come from other films/tv shows. Flying and marial arts: The Matrix. The Lighting: Witchblade. The story: Star Trek? I dunno. >>>I can't wait until Witchblade starts up again next spring...I love feel of the cold steel dancing in the air like it was romancing me to care. Wooo hooo

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 12:57 a.m. CST


    by thephantomcat

    I liked it, but it could have been better. If this really is a pilot for a new series, it's a shame Billy Zane won't be around for it (I think).

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Hey AdenStark! How can you say that?!

    by Grayle

    As someone who lives just outside of Detroit, I really disturbed by your blatant put down of the Lions....Just Kidding, they really do suck....I barely even watch football, and it's quite apparent how bad they suck...but hey, I was down on the construction site for their new stadium, and it's looking good... BTW I missed the Invincible last night but I got it taped and the rest of you are just killing me, telling me that it was a cockteaser...ah well, better luck next time

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Horrible, simply horrible

    by Russman

    This was so bad. I can't beleive it was made and it got decent ratings too - which really blows my mind!!!! This was a pice of crap.

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 3:04 p.m. CST

    HOLY CHIT. Tony Ching is Ching Siu-Tung!?!?

    by Wesley Snipes

    What the hell is he doing on this movie? And I think the last review is dead on.

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Feels like a TV pilot; too much style, too little story and not

    by Charlie B.

    I'll be the first to admit that I don't much of Tony Ching's work, but director Jeff Levy seemed to kill the excitement of this martial-arts movie with his overuse of slow-motion. He should've just laid back and watch the performers do their thing. However, Levy and his photographer certainly do give the film a very arty/dream-like look to it with the lighting and cutting-edge effects and giving the whole thing a very Eastern appearance. If only the pacing of the piece was much faster and storyline more intriguing. In fact, this whole thing feels like a pilot for a new TV series, minus the casting of Billy Zane, of course. "Invincible" isn't much better than producer Li's own recent motion picture "The One". I give this movie a rating of 1 and a 1/2 stars out of 4.