'The Adventurers' Is A Scenic Travelogue Disguised As A Heist Flick

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to stay awake.

The Adventurers (PG)

Starring Andy Lau, Shu Qi, Jean Leno

Directed by Stephen Fung

Andy Lau plays a just-out-of-prison burglar planning the mother of all heists with his tech-savvy crew (Shu Qi and Yo Yang); Jean Reno is the world-weary cop getting in their way; and Eric Tsang, the duplicitous crime boss bankrolling the high-stakes operation.

Stephen Fung’s Europe-set crime caper — a remake of John Woo’s Once a Thief — is flashy but flaccid, a sleepy actioner that’s too afraid to over-exert itself for fear of waking up. But The Adventurers is adventurous for a different reason: With its focus on the Instagrammable sights of Cannes and Prague, it works much better as a travelogue. (** ½) 

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