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The Viral Factor (2012)
"Jik zin" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Drama  |  19 January 2012 (Hong Kong)
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International Security Affairs agent Jon is on a dangerous mission to escort a criminal scientist to another country. En route, a member of his team, Sean, turns out to be a traitor and ... See full summary »

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International Security Affairs agent Jon is on a dangerous mission to escort a criminal scientist to another country. En route, a member of his team, Sean, turns out to be a traitor and shoots Jon in the head while kidnapping the scientist. When Jon wakes up in the hospital, a doctor tells him that within weeks, the bullet in his brain will cause complete paralysis. Jon returns to Beijing to see his mother, who confesses that Jon has a brother in Malaysia who was raised by his father, a gambler. Jon takes a flight to Malaysia to find his brother, Yeung. On the plane he forms a bond with Dr. Kan, who promises to look into possible treatments for his condition. However, when they arrive, Yeung tries to kidnap the doctor and when Jon intervenes, he's also taken hostage. The two soon realize they're brothers, and decide to work together in order to keep the criminals behind the kidnappings from reinfecting the world of a disease long thought cured. Written by Anonymous

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Action Packed, Emotionally Poignant and Ceaselessly Entertaining
15 January 2015 | by (Melbourne, Victoria) – See all my reviews

If you prefer your movies to include frequent explosions, entertaining car chases and limitless gun battles, then the Viral Factor might be the film you've been looking for. Besides this, the feature contains a well constructed plot, that is perhaps a little coincidental, alongside an emotional storyline about love, loss, betrayal, loyalty, honor, and most importantly, family.

If Mission Impossible 2, Four Brothers and the Suspect were combined into one storyline, the combined effect might appear similar to this particular film. Jon (Jay Chau) is a brilliant International Security Agent, who, during his last assignment, experiences a horrific betrayal, leading to the deaths of many. With his life inexplicably changed forever, his mother, on his return home, reveals a familial secret she has hidden from him all this time: he has a brother, Man Yeung (Nicholas Tse).

Escaping their gambler of a father, Jon's mother raised him on her own, however, filled with a lifetime of regret, wishes to be reunited with her husband and son, Jon agreeing to bring them home. Those familiar with the expression 'you cannot choose your family' will feel right at home in this plot, where, although Jon grew into a promising officer, his brother, Man, has become a wanted criminal.

Unknowingly working for a criminal enterprise with the intent of distributing a world wide virus, despite their differences, Jon and Man discover they have a commonality in their goals, and though they've been separated for nearly thirty years, the film emphasizes, no matter how lost a family member is, they are always worthy of acceptance, the brothers trying to bring an end to the chaos in their own unique ways.

When the enterprise captures Rachel (Peng Lin), a young scientist, who is as attractive as she is talented, to assist with their antagonistic endeavors, the brothers must work together to save not only her life, but the lives of all those who will be affected if the virus is distributed on a global scale.

The action scenes are incredibly entertaining, and although violent, the film doesn't require mass quantities of blood to keep you enthralled. The connections exhibited by family is a paramount theme in the movie, and the actors portrayal of the characters, not to mention their love and appreciation for one another, is as emotionally poignant as it is captivating.

The relationship between Jon and love interest Ice (Michelle Bai), could have been further developed, as too could have his connection to several law enforcement personnel, the in depth nature of these subplots been sacrificed in exchange for the familial storyline. Additionally, although there are unanswered questions at the conclusion of the film, its final scenes are so evocative, you cannot help but want to see the feature all over again.

Though there are more action movies available today than anyone could possibly hope to poke a stick at, the Viral Factor is one entertaining thrill ride that should be placed at the top of your 'must watch' list.


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