Flash Point (2007) - Wilson Yip. Cantonese with subs


Plot - Set in pre-1997, before the return of Hong Kong to China, three bothers (leaders of a gang) look to consolidate their power over the other triads via drug deals and blackmail. Unbeknownst to them, one of their inner circle, Wilson, is a mole for the police, who with his partner Ma Jun (one of those lone wolf/gets things done dammit chief) types played by Donnie Yen, are building a case against them. Needless to say things get complicated and Wilson and Ma are soon fighting to stay alive and bring in the bad guys....

Thoughts - A bit boring really. The plot such as it was is at the same time simplistic yet confusing; confusing because it was really difficult to tell who was who or on which side they were on such was the non-descriptiveness of the characters. Donnie yen plays the 'Supercop' role with no subtlety whatsoever, the other cast are so bland and stereotypical I struggle to recall any of their names; the only one I semi-cared about was Wilson and that was most likely to the actor's likeability rather than any favours the script did him. There's a lot of guns and violence but it's pretty unaffecting.
The basic premise of 'mole is discovered and needs to be protected' has been done to death so with no originality there it was up to the fight scenes to save the film.

And they didn't.

Donnie Yen is a more than capable action star but whereas in something like Ip Man, there's some emotional heft to the action and the choreography has the license to be a bit flashy, here it's a mixture of thai boxing/wushu that looks just more functional though admittedly effective. The fights are for the most part unremarkable and the other action scenes with guns are just conventionally shot. It's not a bad film by any stretch, just one that you'll struggle to remember a few days after seeing........so wait, it may be a bad film then, just not terrible.