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Part Serpico and part Hard Boiled, this film seems at first to be a major departure from director James Foley's previous work. However, Foley has frequently revealed a keen eye and understanding for emotionally complex relationships, especially between teacher and pupil (Glengarry Glen Ross) or father and son (At Close Range). This movie is no different. In fact, Foley's meticulous attention to the relationship between the wise, morally burdened Chen, and the naïve, innocent Wallace morphs this otherwise tedious plot into a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Hats off to Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg, whose sympathetic chemistry creates an authentic and deeply personal connection, a factor that proves crucial to the film's poignant, disturbing finale. --Jeremy Storey
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Anyway, this movie definitely exceeded my expectations. Great direction, but most of all great performances from Chow-Yun Fat and Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg's relationship with his father was fairly cliched, yet it still came across as believable. The various moral predicaments of the two cops were just as interesting and well-done as the fight scenes. There is one major chase scene, which I found silly after a while, since it gave the impression that there were absolutely no other police cars within ten miles of some maniac with an Uzi blowing away civilians.
But that is a nothing criticism. Really, the only sore spot was the FBI goonish guy, who was both tiresome and one-dimensional in comparison with the other characters. But on the main, an excellent action-thriller. Chow-Yun Fat wasn't limited by John Woo's formula this time around, and his chops definitel show as a result.
With bad guys you love to hate, flawed good guys you hate to love, and an FBI guy so disgusting you want to drop a car on him, if you can't find someone to love or hate in this film, stick to cartoons.
Fucanese dragons made my blood boil every time they stutted their sneering faces across the screen. I cheered every one oficer Chen took out. I can't get enough of this film, I can't seem to stop watching and listening to it.
I think that is the key. The sound track carries your emotions so well through the visual treat and savy scene cuts. The high overhead shots continue to point out just how pointless it all was, but we watch the cast struggle through it all. Temptation provided at a level no red blooded man could resist. Boy did I want a rub down as I listened to "Candy Perfume Girl".
Watch this film. Watch it often and loud. Don't worry about the volence and blood, it's just a movie and nobody "really" gets hurt. Just enjoy the thrill of one of the best chase scense ever filmed.
My thanks to everyone involved. You have given me many hours of enjoyment and escape from a world too often not worth watching.
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