When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »
Police inspector and excellent hostage negotiator Ho Sheung-Sang finds himself in over his head when he is pulled into a 72 hour game by a cancer suffering criminal out for vengeance on Hong Kong's organized crime Syndicates.
Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.
This is quite possibly one of my most favorite films ever. Johnnie To returns to the crime genre with a bang. Literally. Known for his "The Mission", Johnnie To takes us into the perilous night and folds us into his dark and rich world.
The story follows a band of police tactical units, who keep order in the streets of Hong Kong during the night. Lam Suet plays anti-crime detective officer Lo, a cop who's night is about to go upside down. He gets beaten up by your regular triad gang, and he wakes up to find his gun is missing. Risking his job and lives, he must find his gun before it does any damage. He gets help from Mike (Simon Yam) and his party, the PTU, to search for his gun until dawn. The characters themselves are not quite developed. However, these characters need no words or development when it comes to this film. Much like, "The Mission", development is not needed to express themselves throughout the film. The characters are simple enough for anybody to understand. The film's music is also really well done and fits the mood of "PTU" very well.
The effects used throughout the film are highly impressive. Johnnie To places us in some kind of magical world, painting Hong Kong in darkness and plays around in it like some kind of playground. The light on dark shots are very well done to say the least. Fans of the "Silent Hill" video games for example I think will definitely enjoy the scenery of the film.
Highly recommend this film to you. If you haven't seen any Johnnie To film yet, this would be a good place to start. If you liked this, chances are you'll also like his "The Mission" film as well.
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