Motorway (Che sau) Reviews
A few other gripes (spoilers)...
The BMW Z4M driver: Rather than track him down and crash your car into his, causing thousands (in HK $) in repair costs to yourself, wouldn't it be more simpler to track the owner down via his registration plate (which Shawn Yue did) and issue him with an arrest warrant and charge him additionally for resisting arrest, certainly not in movie standards as paperwork is considered unglamorous.
The Nissan 180SX vs. police chase scene: as it is manoeuvring through a narrow alley that is inaccessible for most cars as it require them to doughnut around a 90 degree turn, as this is taking minutes, wouldn't it be wise to radio in another police car to block the other path.
A worthy entry into the Milkyway Image filmography, this slick crime pic by Soi Cheang hits all the right entertainment notes, making Motorway a compelling way to spend an hour and a half of your time. Slickly lensed and skilfully edited, Motorway makes the most of its many high speed chases, placing the camera(s) in some creative spots to give the viewer a thrilling perspective into the seat of a skilled driver. The use of slow motion only heightens some of the incredible vehicular stunt work on display. Narratively, Motorway offers no surprises, but it manages to keep that dark Milkyway tone throughout. A simple premise skilfully executed, fans of earlier entries of the Fast and Furious franchise that don't mind something a little less grandiose should find a lot to like with this one. Recommended.
However, there are similarities: Like Nicolas Winding Refn, director Cheang favours minimalist camera set-ups, cool synth soundtracks and a stripped down plot that does away with the ubiquitous back stories and literally cuts to the chase(s). Mostly shot at night, the drivers and their cars slip like sharks through the neon-slashed streets or prowl silently in darkened car parks before hurling themselves full throttle at each other like charging bulls: Cheang's attention to sound and detail gives the movie caged animal tension throughout its rigorously edited hour-and-a-half. While those looking for the botoxed thrills of Drive Angry or 2 fast 2 Furious might be left wanting, lovers of car porn will be more than satisfied with Motorway.