Film Review: Reset

Scientist travels through time to rescue her kidnapped son in a dull, preposterous Chinese–Korean co-production.
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The latest from a bottomless well of Korean knockoffs, Reset uses time travel as a springboard for the same old maudlin sentimentality and senseless brutality. Despite a committed performance from Tiny Times star Yang Mi, Reset is strictly for fanboys.

In the near future, competing evil conglomerates tackle time travel. The U.S. version turns its patients into homicidal maniacs, while the China-based Nexus process has a bad effect on crucial "SR" brain cells and so hasn't been tried out yet on humans. That doesn't stop an American exec from forcing Tsui Hu (Wallace Huo) to steal the Nexus time-travel data.

To do that, Hu kidnaps the young son of Nexus scientist Xia Tian (Yang Mi). Planting a bomb chip in the boy's neck, Hu orders Tian to bring him a flash drive with the time-travel code.

The distraught mom hurries back to Nexus headquarters, aware that she can't access the mainframe without retina scans from her director (King Shih-chieh) and her lab assistant. But Hu and his minions have not only removed the assistant's eye for her, they have planted bombs that will destroy Nexus headquarters and the workers within it in order to speed her up.

Tian retrieves the data, but Hu kills her son anyway. With the lab crashing down around her, she jumps into an artificial wormhole that sends her 110 minutes back in time. Failing to rescue her son again, Tian returns to the past once more, this time emerging as a psychopath in a black hoodie.

Most viewers will have tuned out before the three Tians lure Hu to an abandoned school and tie him to a piano. They will miss learning the identity of a turncoat obvious from his first scene and a happy ending that doesn't just defy the laws of physics, but tramples all over them.

Movies that fool around with time require some suspension of disbelief, but Reset doesn't get much else right either. Xia Tian's character is a grating, whiney mess, no matter how much effort Yang Mi puts into her role. Action scenes feature poorly executed stunts assembled in a random fashion. Even the wormhole special effects are disappointing.

Although most of the performers are Chinese, the crew is primarily Korean, starting with director Yoon Hong-seung, who uses the name Chang. Cinema treasure Jackie Chan is listed as one of the many producers, but his influence feels negligible.

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