Formosa Betrayed works better as a history lesson than as a political thriller.
| Original Score: C+
...a hopelessly uninvolving and thoroughly routine piece of work from start to finish...
| Original Score: 1/4
Worth a look for the history lesson. Just remember it is a history lesson.
| Original Score: 6/10
The sturdy political thriller Formosa Betrayed is laudable for adding the voice of native Formosans to the usual two-sided debate that reaches the American media.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a passionate labor of love that pointedly criticizes the U.S. government's failure to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation, independent of mainland China.
Formosa Betrayed is a history lesson dressed up as an action movie. The lesson is pretty interesting; the movie is just the far-fetched plot it hangs on.
| Original Score: 2/4
As thrillers go, this one is lacking in edge-of-the-seat moments. It just never ignites.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A movie that shows us the desperation and danger of living under martial law in Taiwan during the early '80s, yet somehow never delivers the emotional gut punch the subject matter deserves.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Formosa Betrayed, a ho-hum college history lecture about modern Taiwan awkwardly disguised as a political thriller, has its heart almost in the right place.
In general, the pacing of the action is sluggish. Moreover, stylistic flourishes are distracting rather than enhancing.
When you hear dialogue like: "So, what do you know about the history of my country?" you know you're in for a whole lot of exposition
| Original Score: C-
Actor/co-screenwriter/producer Will Tiao's heartfelt agitprop history-lesson about Taiwan is a tightly wound thriller that takes no prisoners.
| Original Score: B
Obviously heartfelt but somewhat stilted and disjointed.
Formosa Betrayed begins rather awkwardly, but ends by making a statement that explains a great many things.
A riveting thriller offering an array of history lessons and teachable moments about freedom.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Only viewers wondering if James Van Der Beek has finally outgrown "Dawson's Creek" will be at all satisfied by this dreadful police procedural that contains good history lessons and bad TV-cop-show drama.
| Original Score: 1/5
This is a lot of Graham Greene hugger-mugger, the tale of a rube who believes that he can do good abroad.
As a political thriller, Formosa Betrayed has enough suspense and intrigue to pull viewers along willingly. It doesn't try too hard, which is refreshing.
A mostly pedestrian political thriller whose basis in true events adds little to the film's excitement or entertainment value.
| Original Score: 2/5
The movie is a sturdy entry in the paranoid-thriller genre, and raises some interesting issues about our relationship with the country we used to call China.