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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 ›
What seems to be the break of a lifetime for our hardworking narcotics cops soon becomes a bit of a game of cat and mouse as all is never what it seems and some of these drug people are rather useful with automatic weapons, semi automatics and just about anything that goes bang or can cause mayhem. The gun battles are very realistic and very full on; the violence is not gratuitous but seems perfectly in place given the situations. The use of vehicles is great too especially the ice cream van.
The acting is all very well done and no expense has been spared – the double crosses are never that well signposted either; so all in all it made for an extremely enjoyable 107 minutes of screen time. Originally released as ‘Du Zhan’ and filmed in Cantonese and Mandarin with good sub titles this is a film for action lovers and those who like a full on rollicking adventure – with some cops and bad guys thrown in for good measure.
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Very fast paced. Sometimes hard to keep up with due to subtitles. EnjoyedPublished 13 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 13 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 23 months ago by Nathanael