Three (Saam Yan Hang) Reviews

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April 1, 2019
With his constantly moving camera, square-jawed themes, propensity for action and seamless movement between genres, To recalls old-school greats like Howard Hawks and William Wellman.
April 21, 2017
The clash of compromised heroes and a cocky, cool-headed criminal mastermind, is clever without being dramatically resonant and more engineered than written. But the direction is a master class in action movie filmmaking.
March 9, 2017
It's an interesting entry in the catalogue of films through which To is aiming to explore deeper themes, and as such, may come to have historical value. It is, as they say, better than a hole in the head.
October 13, 2016
A dark tragicomedy set almost entirely in the context of a hospital. [Full review in Spanish]
July 27, 2016
...reliably entertaining and, as you would expect with a To movie, beautifully shot.
July 13, 2016
A minor work by a master craftsman, Johnnie To's Three tells a haphazardly scripted and weirdly paced story with intermittent flashes of technical brilliance.
July 1, 2016
The character arcs at the core of Three are fresh, hinting at insights into the dichotomy of insecurity versus arrogance, and reliance on self versus leaving things up to chance.
July 1, 2016
Is Three worth the journey for one amazing sequence? Probably. It's the kind of action scene we're not likely to see duplicated many times this year.
June 27, 2016
Expertly staged inside a Hong Kong hospital, the latest film from prolific Hong Kong director Johnnie To is a matter of life and death from three outlooks.
June 26, 2016
A coiled-spring thriller that expertly ratchets up the tension before exploding in a breathtaking finale. It lacks any heart or humanity, but whether that matters will depend on your point of view.
June 24, 2016
The finale may not satisfy the multitude of questions that the plotting of Three raises, but it does serve as final showcase of To's control over this material.
June 24, 2016
Decidedly minor stuff for such a major filmmaker, but there's something remarkable about watching a master like Johnnie To reverse-engineer an entire thriller from one idea he just had to try - in this case, a shootout unlike any you've seen before.
June 24, 2016
And after an hour of slow burn simmer, Three culminates in a six-minute set piece that's among the most memorable action scenes of the year.
June 24, 2016
Director To fills in the messy back story neatly as he introduces the supporting players, who provide comedy or menace (and sometimes both).
June 24, 2016
To trusts his actors, and uses them so well that you often forget that we don't know much about them beyond the worried look in their eyes, the smirk on their lips and the arch of their brows.
June 24, 2016
It's a slow burn that can only end in the sort of shockingly violent set piece To stages as well, if not better, than anyone else.
June 23, 2016
It's not a career highlight for the director. But a relatively ordinary film from Mr. To packs more genuine entertainment value than what passes for above-average Hollywood action fare these days.
June 23, 2016
Three makes great cinematic use of its claustrophobic single location, and it's at its best when To ratchets up the tension, particularly as Tong and rather patriarchal Chan grow increasingly frustrated by their inability to outwit the Lecter-clever Shun
June 23, 2016
To mixes the best of digital innovation with tangible human figures in motion in a demolishing four-minute sustained take.
June 23, 2016
A rollickingly entertaining movie.
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