Fire Of Conscience (For lung) (2010)
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The story gets a bit too convulted somewhere in the middle, but it pulls out well thanks to Lam's direction, and Richie Jen's performance. It's nothing new for the world of HK crime flicks, but it gets the job done.
Dante Lam continues along his Hong Kong crime thriller ways with the successful Fire of Conscience.This film comes with enough story, as well as firepower, to validate nearly all of this 1 hour 45 minute production. There is always something happening that is integral to the story and not much, if anything, off on a sidetrack. The only hindrance in momentum is during the dramatic buildups for the 2 lead characters, which are also valuable to the story.The action and stunt work are of high caliber as can be seen in the Chinese restaurant segment and onward. The firefights are intense and the hits are bloody realistic.Leon Lai and Richie Ren deliver excellent performances as the 2 leads. The side characters are also written up so they mean something. Michelle Ye, Kai Chi Liu, and Vivian Hsu, among others, stand out.Fire of Conscience is a complete package for a Hong Kong crime thriller. From this genre, this picture is worth checking out.
Now when I the read the back of the DVD box, I saw huge potential in for this movie. The final results was disappointing, though it did provide the goods for the most part.
Fire of Conscience centers on Captain Manfred who must solve a brutal murder to prove his partner's innocence and unearth the truth behind Hong Kong's police force. Now I was able to get into the movie story pretty quickly, unfortunately the longer it went the less I became invested. My main problem is that it focuses too much time on developing characters instead telling a story. I'm all for character development, but this was one time where it distracted from the main story. It also lacks good pacing as we have overly long dramatic scenes and not enough action scenes. The action scenes wouldn't be a problem if they weren't so unimpressive, expect for the climax which was unfortunately short. Now while I did generally the main story when it was concentrating on telling a story and many of the characters being developed, it didn't offer anything memorable.
Dante Lam is not a director I'm familiar with and I could see why I never heard of him. For starter he does not know how to film an action scene as the camera is either in the wrong place or is too close to see what's happening. Another main complain is that his imagery is largely forgettable, but I'll admit when he's focus on telling a story he becomes very effective as a director. He does have an eye for giving the actors the proper screen time as he does with making a thrilling movie. Unfortunately the final results under his direction is mixed.
Fire of Conscience is a action movie that fails to make a big impression on the audience. Fire of Conscience while not a bad action movie is certainly nothing impressive compared to other Asian action movies.
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