For its first half, “Reset” — a Chinese time-travel thriller produced by Jackie Chan — is a rather middling action-adventure film riffing on the idea of using a small rip in time to go back and do what you didn’t do in the first place.
But then “Reset” comes alive when our hero — scientist Xia Tian (Mi Yang) — and her young son are being relentlessly pursued on foot by a man with an ax, Ciu Hu (Wallace Huo), who also pursues them in a well-orchestrated car chase.
This melding of “The Shining” with some Asian-style action gives “Reset” a welcome reset.
The reason Xia Tian is being chased is that she’s invented a way to go back in time but she can’t go back years or decades, just a couple of hours or so. But that’s enough for Ciu Hu, who wants the secret and is willing to do anything to get it.
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So, at the risk of her health (the time experiment hasn’t been performed on humans), she goes back in time to thwart him. It leads to a conclusion that, even by time-travel movie standards, is rather ridiculous but still modestly entertaining.
In Mandarin with English subtitles
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☆☆☆ (out of five)
Cast: Yang Mi, Wallace Huo
Rated: Unrated (violence)
Running time: 105 min.