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Dao huo xian (City Without Mercy) (Flash Point) (Fuse) (The Signal)

Dao huo xian (City Without Mercy) (Flash Point) (Fuse) (The Signal) (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 12

Flash Point features some nice mindless martial-arts action, but too much of the already thin story treads familiar ground.

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

Flash Point features some nice mindless martial-arts action, but too much of the already thin story treads familiar ground.

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SPL power duo Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen re-team for this raucous action film about a loose-cannon cop on the trail of three drug-dealing brothers. Jun (Yen) is the kind of cop who always gets his man, but may set a whole city block ablaze in the process. Though his superiors are constantly on his case, Jun knows how to get the job done and never hesitates to innovate in times of crisis. Archer (Lui Leung Wai), Tony (Collin Chou), and Tiger (Xing Yu) are three dope slingers who supply the product

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Apr 22, 2008

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Insensible.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Yen has developed a recent passion for mixed martial arts, and his more traditional punches and flying kicks are supplemented by some close-quarters Muay Thai kicks and even some jujitsu submission holds. Ultimate Fighting Championship fans will be happy.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Flash Point comes loaded with cliches and immediately starts blasting them in every direction.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Not even a choice ass-whupping can make up for the plodding familiarity that precedes it.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Flash Point plays like the last hurrah of a criminal underclass facing the inevitable shrinking of its bottom line.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Nothing more than a dumb action picture with delusions of Johnnie To-dom.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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If you're a fan of Hong Kong police flicks, then you know that at any given moment, it seems like 50 percent of the force is deep undercover in the triads.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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I really wanted to see a fun mindless martial arts film. But the story is so familiar that it beoomes boring.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

It's all about the extensive climax, a gunfight turned mixed martial arts throwdown.

April 25, 2008
Groucho Reviews

Those with a taste for bone-crushing martial arts executed with real skill and flair are not likely to find anything better on American screens for some time.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Considerably more importance is placed on the chops and the socks than the story, and yet the action sequences aren't terribly memorable.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Catch this one in theatres while you have the chance. The breathless, breakneck action of Flash Point can only truly be appreciated 40 feet high.

March 15, 2008 Full Review Source: TheDivaReview.com
TheDivaReview.com

There's nothing that I dislike about FLASH POINT, but I do wish it could be even more than it is

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Donnie Yen is famous for combining martial arts traditions into his own unique fighting style and Collin Chou, who studied with Sammo Hung, is up to the task of holding his own.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What we have here, from the chop-socky point of view, isn't a feature film; it's a YouTube video.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: MTV

Finally -- with barely a half-hour left to go, Donnie Yen does his thing.

March 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Outside of the fights, the film is by the numbers, but it's an okay set of numbers to be guided by.

March 13, 2008

Like the mixed martial arts it showcases, Flash Point espouses the belief that there's nothing quite as entertaining as uninhibited brutality.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Fans of the genre will likely leave it satisfied, although it's not as likely that they'll feel satisfied the whole time they're watching.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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Audience Reviews for Dao huo xian (City Without Mercy) (Flash Point) (Fuse) (The Signal)

Superb HK action film with martial arts superstar Donnie Yen and it boasts some incredible action sequences with explosive hard hitting fight combinations. Mixing many styles, Yen has created some extraordinary fight scenes for this movie.
The camera-work is spot on and captures the intensity and struggle of the combat with the close up shots, whilst letting us see the incredible display of martial arts fighting with the longer shots.
September 27, 2011
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

a slight step up from kill zone for me as yip and yen come back together for another decent martial arts cop drama. the story was serviceable at best, but the film was massively entertaining and the fight sequences were solid.
January 31, 2011
sanjurosamurai
danny d

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Like SPL, it could have been a lot better, seems they are just stretching a very simple story way more than they should. If you really can't write a story like Infernal Affairs then just don't try it, just go for the action.

That said, the final fight between Donnie and Collin should be the new standard that every figthing movie should follow from now on.
February 5, 2009
DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Donnie Yen has still got the moves. There is no doubt about that. You've probably heard some good things about the fights in this film and they are, more than likely, true.The story is average, but for a movie like this it is more than satisfactory. Where the story really lacks is depth, unlike Sha Po Lang as another Donnie Yen film example. The main characters Donnie Yen and Louis Koo, and villains for that matter, could use some more buildup and background. The story also moves at a quick pace, which keeps the film from becoming boring. Yet, this film runs at only about 80 minutes and has some room for extension. In actuality the story runs for only the first hour before switching to action mode for the final 20 minutes.As I just mentioned the action comes in at the end with a few small teases throughout. The wait is absolutely worth it though. With great martial artists in Donnie Yen and Collin Chou you know something big is in store for the finale. It is big. Gun play and martial arts brawls. What makes the fights even better is the fact that the film makes you want Donnie Yen to actually kick the crap out of the villains. So when he finally does, it is even more satisfying.Probably one of the weaker parts of this film is the acting. It is mediocre at best with Louis Koo, not surprisingly, giving the best performance. With that said, the acting is probably the last thing to care about when deciding to watch this.If you are looking for a great action flick to fill your night, then definitely check this one out. You will not be disappointed with Donnie in this one.
October 8, 2007
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JY Skacto

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