Benny Chan attempts a throwback to the heroic bloodshed films of yesteryear, but seems to have forgotten that filmmakers like John Woo offered intricately choreographed gun battles to go with all the tear-stained melodrama. Chan's film is overlong at 140 minutes, and most of the action is shot and cut in a manner that's indistinguishable from your average Hollywood journeyman director. Call it a missed opportunity.
1.5 Just say "No" to pastel rainbow lens filters. This might not be sooo tedious if it were paced much faster, and all the melodramatic slo-mos/confessional speeches/male bonding moments were kept to a minimum. Also, if all the shoot-out sequences weren't nearly identical. And if the roles for women vs men didn't follow such a strict dichotomy of passive caregiver vs active protector. Koo and Lau are excellent.
Alternately hated and loved it. Not sure the overall story is believable, but there are some interesting plot twists that I haven't seen in any another action movie. If they could have just lightened up on the schmaltz and melodrama between the action scenes, they might have had something exceptional. For some, this might be worth seeing just for the the helicopter-borne gatling guns - totally terrifying!
I liked it! Drugs, impossible choices, crocodile pits, just a lot of fun stuff that makes the long 2 hours still quite pleasant. A lot of tough guy needing to make the decision, that recently I've been into. Rather these choices come with brutal consequences than a dance number for me rn. But really the REAL white storm is the friends we made along the way
Not going to lie: I couldn’t finish this one. The description is slightly deceiving; nothing about this harkens back to John Woo. I grew up on Woo. John Woo changed my perception of action cinema with The Killer and Hardboiled and A Better Tomorrow 1&2. Nothing here is reminiscent of those action masterpieces: it lacks the melodrama, action choreography, and grandeur that defined Woo’s classics.