Dao huo xian (City Without Mercy) (Flash Point) (Fuse) (The Signal) Reviews
Anything Donnie Yen choreographed is definitely worth a watch in the first place, however, the direction doesn't quite match Yen's detail in the fight scenes. Instead of keeping Yen's character a focus of the entire film, we get a slow build to his introduction fully in the movie. Instead, we get introduced to the undercover cop and his relationship with the gang.
You did get a good 'boss' fight in the end, but it lacks emotional substance with the uneven story building in the first hour. However, the grapples, elbows and knees are delivered so forcefully you wonder how any of the stunt guys made it out alive.
While I've definitely seen better from Yen in past and present films, Flash Point is still enjoyable enough to see him deliver a few good one-liners and fists of fury to make a statement.
Flash Point is a martial arts film that is full of fast violence,
overly dramatic characters and big car chases, might sound a bit crazy
but it is actually quite good fun. With a story we have seen before,
the creators had to bring something new, and for me they brought great
sequences of fighting that over shadow even the dialogue. For me the
film was firmly a kind of good movie and here below is why I think it
also, a little bit underrated.
The story is fast paced as previously mentioned and it makes the
characters never quite seem safe, or that gravity doesn't bound them to
the earth as some stunts are maybe a little over the top, but in any
way it is still good fun to watch. It's a cop story that has been tried
and tested but they manage to churn a version of it out well and for me
personally(who has never really seen Hong Kong cinema), it goes down
well and this is a perfect advert for Good Hong Kong martial arts films
in which I also believe we have to watch a bit more of, even if only
for it's crazy stunts.
The cast do a very basic job and no one not even the main actor Donnie
Yen do an outstanding piece of work. They do go well together though
and I found the characters such as the one Donnie Yen plays as the cop
who is rational and good hearted(deep down) where as some other less
savoury characters are around who are really evil and mean to take any
chances to take those who stand against them out. The characters are
also fun to see handle with the stunts as when fighting, you feel some
will not fight well but then BOOM! They hit someone in a mid air kick,
Wilson Yip as director does a good job and manages to not make it
constant fighting, the film has some good drama, especially near the
ending. Of course when talking technical, the main point anyone would
mention is the fighting scenes which are choreographed superbly, and
even when with guns they do well, the film is perfectly done for this
kind of genre and for anyone who is an aspring Kung-Fu director or
choreographer, this is a prime example. Locations are nice too and if I
was the Hong Kong tourism board I would be praising this as it is
beautiful scenery among all the carnage.
It is a bit crazy and that is the main criticism, the fights can go
insane like with what I was saying about the anti physics fighting that
just goes crazy. The script is a little weak and some things said are
the most basic words ever know to man with no heart really going into
much, but still it makes for some entertainment anyways. One last thing
is the basic story used which kind of is always seen and could anger
some as maybe it is just too basic and average like.
People who love fight films should love this and of course those who
love Martial Art films(especially those from the area it was invented).
I think also if you are looking for a quick film to thrill you this is
the one with your heart beating maybe a few times but just have a look.
People who want more classy action, don't see this, it's crazy fight
scenes are just too much sometimes and could put some off with just one
scene of fighting.
Overall a low 7/10 firmly a pretty good movie but never quite get's near
being straight good, but is in no way falling to just be OK. I feel
with this that the film isn't so much memorable but still have a look
and see and maybe you will enjoy it. Will also add that this is in no
way a massive budget film and some explosion seem a bit weird, but I
will commend them for managing such good effects with such a low