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Cold War Reviews

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½ March 9, 2017
Twisty thriller finds a group of five police officers kidnapped and held for ransom by a hard group of mercenaries. But with the technological advances, the city wide surveillance, how could they pull it off? A mole in the police force. Not only that, the task force operation is at each other's throats, Internal Affairs is all over everyone, and everyone is a suspect. Cold War is pure pulp, but its fun pulp that takes itself just seriously enough to be taut and thrilling. That ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, but its okay because they finally got around to making a sequel.
½ August 6, 2016
Good action movie overall, but, a little challenging to follow at times and especially with all the subtitles going fast. Interesting story-line that keeps you guessing who the bad guy is until the end, sequel should be good
July 13, 2016
Nothing groundbreaking about the story, but Cold War will go down as a classic Hong Kong cop movie. In a time where traditional Hong Kong cop movie is seen less and less, it is a breath of fresh air to see a film like Cold War to feature a predominantly local cast. The film itself is suspenseful and filled with good acting by almost the entire crew. Also liked that it is ambitious enough to insert a teaser for the next film at the end. You just know it when something is good.
June 14, 2016
Cold War is the code word of operation
July 14, 2015
The film is fairly intelligent, though the final conclusion doesn't maintain that standard. Cold War is for once however, a cop conspiracy that knows not to throw in too many twists, and for that, its a quality addition to the genre.
June 21, 2014
A competent police procedural with mystery elements, this swept the HK film awards. Moderately enoyable for the intense performances from the top notch cast.
½ October 2, 2013
well crafted and engaging crime drama
Super Reviewer
½ August 11, 2013
There's at least 2 sides to every war and apparently it takes 2 directors for the Cold War with Lok Man Leung and Kim-ching Luk behind the camera.At just under 100 minutes, the slower pace of the storytelling makes the film feel longer; however, the consistent sense of mystery in the plot details make the forthcoming minutes all the more welcome. When all is said and done, the story makes for a solid crime mystery.The action is limited with some decent use of CG in the explosive finale. More gun play wouldn't hurt, but this film does fine with what it has.Tony Leung, complete with shaved head and goatee, and Aaron Kwok each carry the film when needed. Ka Tung Lam, Charlie Yeung, Kar Lok Chin, and Aarif Rahman, among others, round out the invaluable supporting cast.Once all the facts become clear, Cold War finds itself as a recommendable picture out of Hong Kong.
½ August 3, 2013
The production value of this film was top-notch and at a Hollywood-level with an always-shining, neat, clean, and minimalist setting (which, ironically enough, distances the film from the real life of the crowded and humanly chaotic Hong Kong). The opening sequence was also strong, fast-paced, effective and gave out a lot of good pretext for a good, if not excellent, Hong Kong "cop-movie" "-la-Infernal Affairs" with full of internal conflicts (between greed and righteousness, between professionalism and paternal love, and of course between the police in the light and the "evil force" in the dark). However, the middle part of the film missed the tight control of the opening while the ending was confusing and pretentious. It seems that the directors were so self-confident that they forgot to develop the excellent pretexts from the beginning and only focused on keeping the "clean" setting of the film intact by procedural plot-twists, which was not really efficient due to the lack of connection between the (quite inhuman) characters with the audience.
July 30, 2013
Good execution of drama; but not what it's hyped up to be.
July 6, 2013
it's thrill and twisted, but the director just can't control how to narrated it
½ June 23, 2013
This movie is ruined by horrific acting by the likes of Aaron Kwok, Charlie Yeung, and Arif Lee (Teenager face playing the lead conductor in investigating the HK Police department? This film just became a joke). Even Tony Leung's brilliance could not save this disaster. Typical cheesy nonsensical HK crime film. Also, I would like to know what hair product Aaron Kwok's character was using in this film, because his hair literally did not move one millimeter even during action sequences.
½ April 26, 2013
For the analytical minds, this movie is all jumbled up. For those to be eagerly entertained, this is a great psychological suspense. A police van along with police officers were abducted and nowhere to be found. On the van was the son of the deputy commissioner's, and the rumour that there was a spy among the police force spread like wild fire. Those who set out to benefit from this abduction were clearly those in power. The question was: Who?

Now you thought you know those shown to you on the screen by the director. What you didn't know, or what the director deliberately hid from you, was what would eventually get you.

I love the distortion created, the intense suspenseful chase, and the eventually "sudden-ness" of how things unfolds. It took a lot of skill and courage to craft films like this. It was a blockbuster on its own given the movie stars gathered; each actors give a superb performance in their respective roles.
½ April 20, 2013
enjoyable HK action/suspense film.
½ April 17, 2013
Inflight entertainment #2: tight and suspenseful, at times confusing (I am still not sure if the plot here totally holds water) but the fun and energy of this film is undeniable and it is a stylish and cool-looking film, probably the best film to come out of HK last year - the film appears to be part 1 of a trilogy and therefore could potentially be a legitamate and worthy sucessor to the Infernal Affairs trilogy. (If so, cant wait to watch the US remake - I might make more sense out of that one then, or not.)
½ April 8, 2013
It takes effort to follow what's going on and you don't really get any sense of where this thing is really going. Still, its a highly stylish police procedural thriller that keeps you entertained. Tony Leung Ka Fai gives a great performance!
½ March 17, 2013
By claiming it to be the best film in HK Cinema since < Infernal Affairs > may sound overrated, but it is roughly true. It is not really that ground breaking, the story-telling & acting however is overall gratifying.
March 10, 2013
More police intrigue than action. Almost propaganda piece for HK police.
½ March 6, 2013
Very good psychological thriller that shows the problems when politics comes into play in an organization like a Police Force and how blind loyalty can become troubles in the future. Tony Leung acted very well as Deputy Commissioner Lee. Highly recommended!
March 5, 2013
Intriguing & Insightful~
Also a Commendable performance by Aaron Kwok~
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