Okay finally back to some instant Netflix movies. This is Geometry week. We will start with the lowly Point. Flash Point is currently available on instant Netflix.
PASS: Flash Point (2007) – Rated R for strong bloody violence and brutal martial arts action.
“Action masters Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen deliver nonstop martial arts thrills in this tale of triad gang warfare in pre-handover Hong Kong. Reckless Detective Ma (Yen) threatens the careful work of his partner, Wilson (Louis Koo), who has finally infiltrated a notorious triad gang. As the operation begins to collapse, Ma enters the fray to go one-on-one against the triad leader (Collin Chou) before he takes over the streets.”
“Your wife took your son to school so early. It would be a pity if he is dead.”
The fractured English, quick speed of the subtitles and the slightly cut-off subtitles make this a bit more than problematic. The subtitles are understandable but a lot of attention has to be devoted to them.
It starts with a couple of good fight scenes then there is this draggy part in the middle called a plot, some killings, more plot then it ends with a few more fight scenes.
Donnie Yen is good as Ma, the cop who cannot follow the rules. For those unfamiliar with Asian cinema, Donnie Yen was Snowman in Blade II. He is quite an accomplished martial artist and has a chance to show it several times in the movie.
Louis Koo plays the undercover cop Wilson. He is good as well but is clearly overshadowed by Yen. The rest of the actors playing cops are just fine but unremarkable.
Part of my problem with this movie is that I enjoyed it immensely 18 years ago when it was called “Hard Boiled” and starred Yun-Fat Chow as the cop who cannot follow the rules and Tony Leung as the undercover cop. Flash Point does not come close to touching Hard Boiled.
Wilson Yip is the director and has quickly become one of the go-to guys for Asian action cinema. His direction here is good but overall I prefer Johnnie To as the new Asian action king.
If you are a fan of Asian action cinema then by all means check this out. The movie is not bad and there are several good fights, a good shootout, and a few good chases.
If you are not specifically a fan of Asian action cinema then this movie is enough of a mixed bag that it rates a pass.
Kudos to the makers of the film for showing some “making of” shots over the end credits.
People Watch: Collin Chou, who plays the villain Tony here, is more familiar to American audiences as Seraph from the Matrix series.