Infernal Affairs III (Mou gaan dou III: Jung gik mou gaan) Reviews
Interesting enough, but seems to go over a lot of old ground, covered in the first movie. Gets quite convoluted, and loses focus, after a point too.
Despite the criticism, it was a good movie. All the acting was great, I probably could have done without some of the of the scenes with the Doctor and Yan, but I didn't really mind so much. It had a nice score and the ending was actually very good (especially the connection to the earlier film with the song). I think I would have appreciated this more if I watched a marathon of the three films.
Kokoelma Diilim√§ist√§ toimistossa hengailua. Tyypit vain istuvat (joskus my√∂s seisovat!) puvut ja sel√§t suorassa, virtaviivaisissa ja tyls√§n n√§k√∂isess√§ toimistossaan ja puhuvat. Puhuvat ja puhuvat. Mit√§√§n muuta ei tapahdu. Rollaripaidat ja liike vain puuttuu, muuten oltaisiin Dressmann-mainoksessa.
If you are into the characters and the parallels with the original film then it is worth seeing because it does do it pretty well. It does ask you to pay attention but it rewards you if you do and have been. There is action but mostly it is the Ming's ongoing struggle with who he is that the film pays most attention to. I quite liked this but must confess that this film still didn't do a great job of bringing out the characters that well and it is more the events and revelations that kept me interested rather than an emotional buy-in with the characters. Lau is perhaps partly to blame for this because I thought he was buttoned a bit too tight - it was understandable in some regards but the third film should have been the point where he shows more of a breakdown (which he does, but again it is events rather than emotion). Leung is good again but his scenes don't seem as relevant or as interesting within this film - again it is probably to do with the lack of emotional buy-in I felt with his character; his performance is natural and engaging though. Outside of these two the rest of the cast are pretty good. Again I didn't think much of the use of Chen but Wong and Tsang are both solid in their small returns.
Overall then an effective and enjoyable film if you love the series and the characters; an interesting one if you have seen the first two films and a pointless one if you are looking to join in at the last minute. Tying up the loose ends of the series, the film isn't tense enough or emotionally impacting enough to be worth a look unless you are really already into the characters but it is an interesting way to bring things to an end - with restraint and tragedy rather than excess.
He is in Internal Affairs, and quickly grows suspicious of a secret division inspector, who he thinks is a crooked cop working for the triads. In a series of flashbacks, to when Tony Cheung was alive, we begin to see as he uncovers and learns of more troubling connections and secret deals that he was not aware of. Does someone else, even in the police, know he was the mole? Ming makes it his solo mission to bring down the corrupt secret inspector, and works around the clock. Riven with guilt about the murder of Tony Cheung and his attempt to be a good cop, he begins losing grip on sanity. With a pretty psychologist who had fallen in love with Tony Cheung before his death, he begins to open up honestly much as Tony Cheung did with her. In a brilliant parallel scene of future and past, the two men side-by-side but split in time reveal to her their true identities under hallucination therapy, and that Ming was reponsible for Tony Cheung's death. The story about his mission against the secret inspector has a twist, but the guts of this movie, like the first one, is all about these characters and their struggles with just who they have become: one playing a criminal loses his grip and doubts whether he is even a cop or a good man anymore, the other as the mole begins to go good and begins turning into a good man. This is the struggle that anchors the films, and sadly what Scorsese did not treat properly (and he killed everyone off!). In these films, the questions linger, and the story continues, even after the twists and bloody conclusions. There are always more loose ends, always more unknown allegiances, always more unknowns about who people truly are.