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The White Storm review Fantasia 2014

the-white-stormThe White Storm / 扫毒 / Sou3 Duk6 (2013)
Director: Benny Chan
Screenplay: Benny Chan, Manfred Wong, Ram Ling, Wong Chun, Tam Wai Ching
Cast: Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung

As far as crime thrillers go this is a pretty solid one due to the fun character interaction, serviceable action scenes and a ridiculous plot twist that’s somewhat acceptable because it makes the movie more entertaining. The story is about three cops who’ve been friends since childhood but a confrontation with a Thailand based drug lord fractures their friendship. One is an undercover cop who has a baby on the way, one is the leader and the other one…not so sure what was special about him but he actually ends up being the most entertaining to watch.

The gun fights and general action do a good job of tricking you into being entertained with good editing, explosions and loud sound effects. However, they aren’t all that creatively staged. They’re not bad but I’ve seen better. The shootouts are mostly just massive bullet storms where bullets mostly whiz by the heroes harmlessly while the baddies are predictably mowed down quickly. However, there are some good moments in the last gun fight even if it ends in a rather nonsensical manner.

The dramatic parts where the three cops bond about the good times or yammer on about their pain are actually fairly engaging. The problem is that they are sometimes overlong and occur at the most inconvenient times. At one point, a long argument breaks out in a dangerous situation where everyone has guns pointed at each other more or less. The interaction between the main characters and the humorous moments do shine through despite poor pacing. If you like the genre, it’s worth one watch at least.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Occasional guest "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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