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寒戰 (2012)
Cold War

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 12/02/2012
Summary: Complicated plot and great action

Damn, it's good to see an fast-paced police procedural with a large dose of maturity. On reflection, Cold War doesn't have as many action set-pieces as one might expect, but the complexity, speed and density of the plot more than makes up for it. Suspicion is palpable between the two principals for about the first 2/3 of Cold War, and plot developments fly past at an incredible rate. You will either have to pay full attention to the acres of subtitles or just give up and accept it. Either way, it does eventually all make sense.

The linked newspaper review covers the movie pretty well, expect for the line about "an unrecognizably aged Tony Leung". Hey man, you must be kidding ! The great Leung Ka-Fai stands out anywhere, and he's as good as ever as the menacing DC Lee.

The action and plot developments fly past at a breathless rate for the first 2/3, then things slow down rather when both DC cop an internal investigation. However, the tension only increases, so the slackening of pace is barely noticeable.

Cold War is a remarkably mature police drama and a treat. The end strongly hints at a sequel, and I for one am looking forward to it.

Reviewer Score: 8