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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
Fun action movie, but way too overlong, silly and cheesy
"The Viral Factor" is an OK, fun enough action movie, but one that suffers from an overlong running time and family issues.
We have agent Jon, who gets shot in the head by Sean, who has betrayed him, just to wake up and discover his mother took him and left behind an older brother and his father. An older brother that is a thief and is, what the chances, working for Sean, as this brother's mission is to kidnap a scientist and get a virus out of a top-security building. Of course the two brothers get a chance to fight against each other before they discover they are related. And then...
Well, let the viewer be surprised by what the movie has to offer. Which is quite a lot, as things keep happening non-stop for over two hours. Do they make sense? Not much, but they keep happening.
As we have it, "The Viral Factor" keeps the viewer engaged, and even if it becomes a little boring in the end, it is passable enough as an action movie. The acting is acceptable, Dante Lam has good action directing skills and we have a little bit of everything from races, hand on hand fight, to shootings (we suffer here of another case of immortal characters, who can get shot a thousand times and fall from the top of a 60-store building and keep running as if nothing had happened; OK, I am exaggerating a tiny little bit).
It could be way better, but if we don't ask for much, it is a fun time.
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