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Ultimately, Protégé is a derivative mess, unable to give viewers already familiar with its influences the hit that they need.
A long term, deep cover cop insinuates himself into the life of a drug baron who takes him under his wing and grooms him to become his successor. Very much in the Infernal Affairs school of HK cop dramas, Protege also clearly has parallels with the likes of Blow, Traffic and especially Donnie Brasco. Daniel Wu and Andy Lau both put in solid performances as the two leads, but the humourless approach means that the likeability and vulnerability of the characters of Brasco is missing, instead making for a rather dry and sterile examination of the drugs industry, at least in comparison. The emotional content is confined to a subplot involving a junkie single mother and her young daughter which feels just a little too soapy and manipulative. Having said all that, it's still a very well made and intelligent thriller that at least tries to make a non-judgemental stand where it comes to the subject matter. The biggest problem is that it's a bit like sleeping with a high class hooker; it may be nice to look at and very efficient and professional, but it lacks the kind of personality and quirks that make you fall in love.
A well made and very interesting look at the heroin drug trade in present day Hong Kong seen through the eyes of an undercover agent who's infiltrated one of the biggest drug dealing gangs in the country run by Lin Quin (Andy Lau). It's gritty and pulls no punches and is quite insightful with it's depictions of the production and distribution of the drug. The effects of the heroin drug is also touched upon with the opening scene of a female drug addict and her daughter being particularly disturbing. Deserved all its award nominations back in Hong Kong, but it's a film that deserves to be watched by all.
A pretty good movie about cops and drugs... Even it's not as good as Infernal Affairs, but it just do well... The cast were amazing... Daniel Wu, Andy Lau, Louis Koo, Anita Yuen, and Zhang Jingchu, they're all played amazingly... Especially Andy Lau, he's get better and better... Daniel Wu was good for the leading man of this movie, but I thought he can do a lot better... And the ending, well I predicted it before so it's no a real surprise but nice try anyway... Maybe if the story is rework, then this movie will become excellent story...
An incredibly well made thriller in the vein of Infernal Affairs. This isn't the average cop thriller though, it's a commentary on drugs and the drug world. The film details the farming, the selling and the addiction. Unlike many films though it keeps the story centralised to two main characters. It also uses the ingenious plot device of a man training his protege. This makes it acceptable for the exposition as we tour from the inner cities of Hong Kong to the wilds of Thailand. The film also has some incredible moments such as the bungled raid scene. It's funny, dramatic, tense and has VERY unexpected moments. The films only drawback is that it is very heavy handed. The messages are spelled out clearly and sometimes come a bit close to Reefer Madness forehead slapping absurdity. Luckily the performances pull everything together as does the movies final surprising question. It tells us that drugs are bad, but perhaps the emptiness that drugs fill is worse.
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