Flash Point


Flash Point

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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: 3.6/5

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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 for much of the local drug trade, and Jun is determined to take them down at all costs. Assisting Jun in his task is undercover cop Wilson (Louis Koo), a seasoned veteran capable of infiltrating the gang and gaining their trust. Though Wilson is at first successful in his mission, his cover is soon blown and a fierce battle leaves him unable to walk on his own. Fortunately for the good guys, Archer is captured in the violent fracas. While at first this seems like a major coup for law enforcement, the small victory takes a grim turn when vengeful brother Tiger vows to eliminate sole witness Wilson before the case ever goes to trial.

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Critic Reviews for Flash Point

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  • Insensible.

    Mar 21, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

    John Anderson

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Flash Point comes loaded with cliches and immediately starts blasting them in every direction.

    Mar 14, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Not even a choice ass-whupping can make up for the plodding familiarity that precedes it.

    Mar 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/6

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • Flash Point plays like the last hurrah of a criminal underclass facing the inevitable shrinking of its bottom line.

    Mar 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • Nothing more than a dumb action picture with delusions of Johnnie To-dom.

    Mar 11, 2008

Audience Reviews for Flash Point


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.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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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.

danny d
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.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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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.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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