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After losing control of his car and crashing into a local restaurant, a man loses consciousness on the street. Later, while working on a case, the police's anti-drug division captain, Zhang Lei (Honglei Sun), realizes that the man in the crash is drug lord Tian Ming (Louis Koo). In order to avoid the death penalty, Tian Ming helps the police put a stop to the entire drug trafficking circuit, but just as soon as the police are ready to make a large bust, Tian Ming makes a decision that shocks everyone involved. Written by
Police infiltrate a drug organization, leading to a big shootout
This film has huge amounts of style. There are some really tense scenes, some gorgeous cinematography, and good tension between a policeman and a drug boss he has beside him who is cooperating in order to avoid a death sentence. The story ends up in a complex shootout. The latter is over-the-top and exists for its own sake, as a challenge to the movie makers to outdo any such previous shootouts.
It takes all that style to make up for the lack of substance, unless one reads into the movie the futility of the drug war. All the effort shown and all the bodies piled up, what did it accomplish in this movie? It interdicted one shipment and destroyed one organization. Others will take up the slack and new ones arise. But that's my opinion. It's not really the movie's message.
The story and movie in many respects is totally unrealistic. It strives for some realism by mixing in certain elements that are real such as how drugs might be transported inside the colon. Also, by employing locations effectively. Mostly it is a fiction tale of action that involves us through pursuit, where that pursuit is by super-efficient police. Such a super-heroic team of efficient police does not exist.
The movie is pure stylish action escapism. It has that in common with James Bond, but totally transformed for this time period.
Solid thriller, edge-of-your seat viewing, but ultimately empty.
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