The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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An almost impressively empty misfire...
Johnnie To took over the crown of Hong Kong's king of crime thrillers after John Woo left for Hollywood and The Mission (1999) is the film that put him on the throne.
The male world of deception, violence, and suave killers remains intact, a woman's death letting buddies off the hook for their betrayal of the bodyguards' code.
If there is a Hong Kong crime thriller to remember, it is Johnnie To's The Mission.
Running a brief 80+ minutes, it turns out that is enough time to deliver a solid story, complete with excellent characters and properly inserted action sequences. The dialogue is light, which plays in with the film's style, which tends to be a little film noir-ish at times. Initially, the background music comes across as "cheesy", even with the fantastically written opening segment, but it ends up fitting in as the film progresses.
The action scenes, along with most of the picture in general, is carried by great cinematography, leading to some visually stunning and memorable shooting pieces.
Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet, and Jackie Lui make up the 5 major leads. These 5 alone make this film recommendable in its own right.
The Mission is a well oiled machine and a crime thriller worth the watch.
I like Johnnie To films, he knows how to entertain. And this film is no exception as five disparate men become bodyguards for a Hong Kong Triad boss threatened by an unknown enemy. Cue male bonding and elaborate gun battles and a cute game of scrumpled-paper football. The plot is nothing you haven't seen before, but it's a fun ride.
intriguing Johnny To fare...filled with tension, great cam work and gun play...first rate acting..simple sotry done well...
Johnny To shows that no matter how simple a story can be, is the "how" you tell said story what makes the whole difference. The plot for the mission is nothing you haven't seen already if you are a crime/noir/HK aficionado, but To handles the whole thing in a way that makes you always interested in what's going to happen next.
No need to mention the excellent cast of the film, from Anthony Wong to Francis Ng and the always solid Simon Yam. You can almost make any movie with those guys and be sure it will have a level of quality thanks to them.
Oh yeah, a hollywood remake is on the way, and before you get your hopes high just get in mind that not all HK remakes of crime thrillers are going to be made by Scorcese. So who knows what is going to become of this one.
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