The plot which isn't quite there other than to serve as reasons
for the over-excessive amount of action scenes. A rather nondescrīpt,
mundane, straight plot that lacks suspense and thrill.
Gunplay is too straightforward with both sides blasting away happily in
a straightfoward manner without any tension, nor does there seem to be
any bullets strafing the surroundings. Despite being an action-packed
movie, there are roughly only three major martial arts scenes and while
nicely executed, they are ultimately too short, barely lasting a minute
Ken Lo makes an amusing appearance here in the opening though he
doesn't fight. But he adds a nice touch of humour as a scaredy cat cop
who always fails to rein in the intractable and impulsive Nicholas Tse
who always acts on his own. Nicholas Tse is a daredevil in the
stuntworks even if they were wire-assisted. Shawn Yu is really cool
here. Jaycee is rather adorable here with his goody two shoes cop who
does everything to the letter. Don't have much impression on Philip Ng
here as an illegal arms dealer but his yellow hair does stand out.
Wu Jing's acting is a bit exaggerated at times in his portrayal of
angst and grudge. His backstory doesn't really add much to the plot and
the few lines spoken about whatever bonds between him and his gang
members are redundant in that they feel more like lipservice since this
is better done with actual portrayal such as knowing of the risks of
infiltrating the police headquarters, he ties all his comrades up and
storms into it alone so as not to sacrifice their lives. Moreover,
there should be more communication between Wu Jing and his comrades.
The female member (whatever her name is) of his gang appears to be
quite capable at handling martial arts scenes.
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