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"A white-knuckler of a crime movie." -- efilmcritic.com
- Deleted scene
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Leave it to Johnnie To to take a different turn on the average Hong Kong cop bloodshed movie and make a near masterpiece. The movie drags a bit at the end but is a fun ride almost all the way through.
The DVD from Palm Pictures has excellent picture quality and good 5.1 sound. Special features include a deleted scene and a 3 minute making of.
Johnnie To directed one of my all-time favorite movies, My Left Eye Sees Ghosts, in 2002. I haven't managed to see another of his movies until now. I didn't like this one nearly as much, but it's not all that bad, either.
The film starts with a news crew stumbling upon, and broadcasting, a shootout between two gangs in which the late-arriving police look like bumbling idiots. Now, the Hong Kong media and the Hong Kong police don't have a history of working together, but as a public relations move, the cops allow the media access while they hunt down one of the gangs. Needless to say, this turns into a case of Murphy's Law gone insane, as the gang holes up in an apartment building with hostages. The cops, the media, the gang members, and the hostages are all looking at the situation through different eyes, and we get to see it all.
Did you ever see a really, really awful 2001 movie called 15 Minutes, with Edward Burns? Nah, neither did anyone else. And now you don't have to! Breaking News is in many ways an Asian take on the same material (which was itself a loose, loose adaptation of the French flick Man Bites Dog). "An Asian take" usually means better character development, and that's the case here, but the plot loses its way a number of times, and some of those it never truly recovers from. Still, some of these folks are a lot of fun to be around. Worth looking into if you like your action movies character-driven to a fault. ** ½
This is a very entertaining, charming and manipulative movie. It makes you like and admire the criminals for their skill and their charm (former Chinese military who become bank robbers).
Usually, I am black and white about criminals but I think this movie was designed to allow the audience to sympathize with everyone unlike Drug War which really makes you angry at criminals/cop killers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The cast isn't great and the plot is not always believable, but this is one of the Chinese movies that I watched from start to end. Read morePublished on September 22, 2008 by Chan Joon Yee
What's most interesting about "Breaking News" is that it starts out with a cool shootout between the cops and robbers. Read morePublished on May 30, 2007 by Keith A. Jones
This is a very good crime-drama, which takes place in Hong Kong. When the local television coverage show the police in an embarassing defeat by 5 bank robbers; the police... Read morePublished on December 3, 2006 by Ernest Jagger
Breaking News is the most satisfying of Johnny To's films that I've seen so far. What starts out as an above average cop movie soon turns into a satire on spin. Read morePublished on March 5, 2006 by Trevor Willsmer
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