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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
Much like the US, the Asian film market delivers films from all across the spectrum, but most popular is the action genre. The latest The Viral Factor takes the straight forward gun toting action direction while throwing in the popular chemical weapon story line. Will this film live up to the top notch action expected from Asian cinema or will it be one of those confusing all over the place messes that they so popularly deliver.
The Viral Factor follows an ISA agent who is betrayed and shot in the head while transporting a scientist to another country. Realizing he has only weeks before the bullet causes complete paralysis he sets out to find a brother he knew nothing about and meets up with a doctor willing to look into treatment for his condition. When his brother attempts to kidnap the doctor, they are forced to work together to stop the criminals from unleashing a disease on the world. This film sports some great action, mostly consisting of gun play, but a few martial arts pieces here and there. Jay Chou most notably to American audiences as Kato from the Green Hornet film takes the lead here and does a good job carrying it on his shoulders. Some aspects of this movie seem all over the place, but nothing too confusing. The film opens with a really good action piece, but does slow down a bit before finally getting back to the action bringing this film full circle.
This is a decent action film with just enough twists and turns to deliver a good action film, but could have been so much more with some better pacing and a little more cohesion to the overall story. If you're a fan of Asian action cinema, this is a decent bullet flying showdown to satisfy your appetite.