Drug War [Blu-ray]
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"...a nail-biter...edge-of-your-seat material" --Variety
"...gritty, uncompromising and hugely exhilarating" --Screen International
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Zhang impersonates Haha in one of the best scenes of the film during their meeting with Chang. Haha is eccentric, always boasting and bragging about his accomplishments, and has this booming laugh. Seeing Zhang, who's usually soft-spoken and laid back, take on this personality with ease, is incredible. The confrontation with Chang is intense thanks to cocaine making an appearance. The entire sequence has similar tension established in the snorting heroin scene from "Pulp Fiction."
The first hour of the film contains a lot of rising tension not only between Choi and Zhang, but in the meetings with Haha, Chang, and the promise of meeting Bill Li - the biggest amphetamines dealer in town. Nearly all of the action takes place after the one hour mark. The shootout at Choi's larger drug factory in Erzhou featuring the mute brothers is where sequences get really impressive; an explosive firefight of epic proportions. The all-out war near the end by the school manages to top that sequence in size, duration, and the ramifications it leaves the viewer with. Captain Zhang's quote, "Live or die - I'll be with you," echoes heavily through your skull during the final moments of the film.Read more ›
As the movie opens up, we see a an undercover sting of a bus at a toll booth. At the exact moment this is going down, a officer notices a suspicious truck and a car following it. At the same moment across town, an accident has caused its driver to be taken to the hospital where the detainees from the bus are being interrogated. Somehow, the lead investigator of the sting also makes time to check out the accident, find a phone, and later it is revealed that the driver of the suspicious truck noticed at the toll booth is repeatedly calling the phone. Got it? It is so convoluted and (let's be honest) ridiculous, it almost had me checking out from the get-go. Once, however, you get past this conceit, "Drug War" becomes an intense ride.Read more ›
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: “if you don’t know To, then you don’t know nothing.” His films often explore that world of good guys versus bad guys. Sometimes, he’s allowed for the lines to be grayed just a bit, but more often than not he’s presented charismatic characters from either side to great effect. DRUG WAR may not go into the history books as his finest, but, so far as this reviewer is concerned, it’s definitely on par with about everything else of his I’ve watched, and it’s head-and-shoulders above of what his American counterparts even attempt.
Put it this way: Johnnie To has forgotten more about right and wrong than most directors ever learn.
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you’re the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment.Read more ›
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Very fast paced. Sometimes hard to keep up with due to subtitles. EnjoyedPublished 7 months ago by AA Carter
All substance,no filler.One of the best action movies I've ever seen.Basically,it does what "John Wick" did but a few years earlier and has stomach churning violence.Published 8 months ago by James
This seemed like a film that didn't give the story enough consideration because over all it lacked suspense and any characters that I could care about. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nathanael
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