It is well known that I am a fan of the Dragon Dynasty label; even if they switch things around a little it is still the best chance an American audience can see some of the wonderful films from the Asian Cinema. I have honestly enjoyed every release the company as put out there, some more than others. This one falls into the middle I guess since the action is great but the story telling is a little lacking. Still there is a lot of fun to be had with this release as the 2 disc version has a lot of appealing extras. So maybe the film is a 3 or 3.5 o4 something and the DVD release bumps it up to 4. Either way it is a highly entertaining release that I would say is worthy of your money.
This film is about a gang of criminals lead by the always fun Jacky Wu Jing who plan and go through with an armored truck heist. The only thing is that some of the people involved in the plot are not playing fair, so the hunt is on for the cash. Add in that three very different cops with very different reasons want to bring this gang down. Be it because it is their job, for revenge, or to clear names they come together to stop this gang and all those involved. But how can they stop the gang when it seems that someone in their own force is working with them. It makes for an interesting tale don't you think, I do.
Like I said it has a good story behind it that had the potential to be something really big and great, but it falls a little short. Producer/director/writer Benny Chan does an excellent job in this film with the action and during those times the film moves along great. It is when he is telling the story [two other writers worked on this with him] it seems like there was to much at times and not enough at others. I don't know if that makes sense to you but what I mean is there is a lot of character development going on, but not enough explanation is given on how the meet. They literally just all get together at one point and end up fighting along side each other. Although I must say that after the fight when they make their way over to one of their houses there is a great comedic part.
The acting in the film is good and so is the action, especially the fighting in which Jing seems to be handling himself rather well, I like it. Now like I said earlier the film is good because it is not bad but on that alone I may give it a 3.5 or something but the Dragon Dynasty release bumps this one up. It has a very detail behind the scenes making of feature along with all kinds of interviews, trailers, deleted scenes, featurettes and such. But my favorite special feature is the audio commentary with actors Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, and Andy On, as well as Bey Logan.
This is far form a perfect movie and may not be the best film out there, but it is a fun one with some good action. It is also the 29th release from Dragon Dynasty and is one of the best releases as far as special features go. I do recommend buying this film because it is fun and the 2 Disc edition is great, also you may like me want to collect all of the Dragon Dynasty films. I even own a lot of these film already but you know I love those special features.
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