Flash Point (2007)
Tagline: "Don't yelling at me you naked, hunky piece of meat!"
This is more like it! After seemingly months of never-ending romantic comedies finally an action movie turns up that I want to go see. It might be a bit stupid in parts, one scene includes exploding chicken for crying out loud, but it was like a big stupid dog whose heart was in the right place so you can’t complain too much.
The story is pretty much nicked from half a dozen recent movies from Infernal Affairs right through to the classic triad movies of the late 1990s. Donnie Yen plays a tightly wound cop Jun Ma who is always getting into trouble for beating up suspects. Louis Koo plays an undercover cop Wilson who ends up being beaten up by Jun Ma on one particular occasion.
Keeping them from beating each other up too badly is Inspector Wong (Kent Cheng) who reminds that they have to bring in the gang led by Archer (Ray Lui) and his two brother Tony (Collin Chou) and Tiger (Yu Xing).
While the story is meant to concern a trial of the gang, it is only a small part of the movie and most of the time is spent following the gang or the investigation. The love interest of Julie (Bingbing Fan) didn’t really do much for me as she hardly had many scenes in the movie and even Wilson dumps her when the real action starts.
It has been quite a while since I had seen a real Hong Kong action movie on the big screen and this film was more than welcome. Donnie Yen’s stunt work is very impressive and I like the small touches such as running up the wall to cut corners the most along with the great set piece fights.
What I also liked is that none of the fights ended cheaply with the good guy trying to force the baddy onto the nearest sharpest object (Die Hard 2 and the icicle springs to mind) and there is even an old school fight towards the end where Donnie Yen and Collin Chou start stripping off their clothes and destroying the masonry with much abandon.
Overall I thought this movie was a great action movie and well worth renting if you see it on DVD somewhere. I will look forward to more movies starring Donnie Yen in the future.