With an intense score from Xavier Jamaux (who has done a few films for Milkyway Productions), and stunning cinematography from Edmond Fung - who incidentally shot the fantastic Dog Bite Dog, and Shamo, for director Cheang - you can't help but get drawn into the film, even with its slow-burning pace.
Accident is like watching a regular Johnnie To flick, but with an added darkness as director Soi Cheang harks back to his earlier films (mentioned above) to bring us an often intense, violent and dark thriller that - in my opinion - is quite underrated!
Louis Koo plays the Brain (literally) of a small but covert team of assassins who get paid to take out people, all while making it look like an accident. It may sound simple, but the team go to some lengths in their planning to pull of some convincing accidents that makes Death from Final Destination seem like a 60's Bond villain...
Of course, as a viewer, this means stretching the imagination a little as some of the plans rely on coincidences and chance to work. But not to a ridiculous degree, and of course at the end of the day - its just a film.
With some incredible, atmospheric night scenes in floods of rain, the film starts to take a turn for the worse as plans start to go wrong, and Brain's paranoia kicks in believing that he is now under threat - a victim to someone else's planning...
I don't want to give too much more away really, but Accident is most definitely worth the watch. Louis Koo gives a great performance as Brain, as does everyone else in their roles to be honest. It was great to see Stanley Fung (the Lucky Stars series) back in such a serious role. While he has been appearing in many films over the years, I definitely think this is one of his finest roles that saw him nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards.
While it may have its flaws and is not supposed to be the kind of film that leaves you feeling happy, Accident is well worth the watch and should definitely have gained more international attention with Hong Kong film fans!
Overall: A tense, atmospheric thriller, beautifully shot with an amazing score and performances from all involved!
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