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Dante Lam is John Woo via Michael Bay; he doesn't want to win you over, he wants to beat you up and make you crazy --Tom Long, Detroit News
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The story is very thrilling from beginning to end, and even emotional at times. Its intense close-quarter-combat, suspenseful foot pursuits, edge-of-your-seat car chases, and explosive shootouts are all spectacular and consistent; it rarely takes a breather throughout its 2 hour runtime. The film also uses a distant sibling relationship to create an emotional experience, most notable during its finale. Speaking of the ending, it was a great bittersweet ending. Occasionally, the film did suffer from poor storytelling; it introduces many characters and locations rapidly, especially during the beginning, and it jumps from location to location too often to keep track. I was able to grasp the concept and the story, though. The acting was great- Andy On stood out as a despicable villain. The music was great, although it occasionally felt out of place. Also, for those wondering, the film uses many languages, although I felt the bulk of it was in English.
Overall, The Viral Factor will not disappoint blockbuster action fans. As of 3/23/13, this film is available on Netflix Streaming, a purchase is recommended for action fans, a rental otherwise.
The Viral Factor has strong violence and blood.
In action movies you may ignore a melodramatic story and incredible coincidences and enjoy action set-pieces, but stupid characters are something different. Action sequences themselves (that take place in Jordan, and for the most part, Malaysia) are decent with a fair amount of explosions and gunshots, but slick as it is, none of them is really thrilling, with super-efficient terrorists shooting hopelessly incompetent cops and guards.
I know I should not take the film too seriously, but watching the same person (who should have hired better security guards) kidnapped three times is hardly exciting. Also, if you want to run away from some henchmen, taking a train is not a very good idea.
As I said, the film's stunts are not bad. I also enjoyed the beautifully shot locations, and Nicholas Tse delivers solid performances as always, but all in all "The Viral Factor," overlong and uneven, is a disappointment.
At first, it may seem difficult to follow the plot, but it's not, in fact part of it is not all that different to the plot of 'Mission Impossible 2'. It's also full of holes and, I think, relies way too much on coincidences to be good or coherent. But underneath all the martial arts, flying bullets, explosions and conversations about smallpox, there's actually quite a touching family story running throughout about making mistakes and forgiveness and redemption.
Dante Lam tries to compensate the poor plot with the action and here he does splendidly; hand-to-hand, shooting, car chases, explosions, it is high-octane stuff and Lam handles them competently. Out heroes, Jon and Man, are battered and shot so many times you wonder how the hell they keep getting back up for more.
While Jay Chou handles his role of Jon well, Nicholas Tse brings an intensity to Man, unfortunately he likes to overdo it during the heavy drama, crying scenes that it's almost unintentionally funny.
I think if you're looking for a straight-up action flick, then you can't go wrong with `The Viral Factor' because it does tick all the right boxes. Suitable for a night in of mindless gun fights, fist fights and things going Boom!, can't beat that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I usually enjoy this kind of thing. The action itself is very good and while the story requires lots of coincidences that's usually something that doesn't bother me. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jeremy o dwyer
OKAY! Nothing to brag about , just your average movie. only so,so ok.Published 9 months ago by Unhappy fellow
Love action packed Asian movies. This was a good one with a good plot. I would recommend if like action.Published on February 3, 2014 by Boriqua Baby
I'm a big fan of Jay Chou & Nicholas Tse. Putting them together in this movie as enemylike brothers was a great idea.Published on July 21, 2013 by Kerry Ryan Maloney
The movie is great. It has a lot of action and the marital arts is very good. The actors are great in here you will love this movie. Buy it.Published on April 3, 2013 by Margaret Jones
Loved Jay! The story is believable and the action is okay. Just waited till the end to see what really is going on. Worth the time to watch a good movie!Published on March 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Almost a James bond and buddy movie commbined with looking for lost family members with action and vioence nice tranfer and speedy shipping ecellent price to boot!Published on February 5, 2013 by Pat S.