Cold War (2012 HK) | Movie review

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Chinese title: 寒战 (Hon Jin)
Rated: P13
Genre: Action, thriller, Hong Kong police
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Chinese, Malay
Running Time: 102 minutes
Director: Longman Leung, Sunny Luk
Cast: Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Eddie Peng, Aarif Rahman, Charlie Yeung, Andy Lau

Synopsis: “In Asia’s safest city, the police have long been untouchable. Approaching midnight in Hong Kong, police headquarters receives an anonymous call: a fully-loaded police van carrying the force’s, most advance equipment and five highly trained officers has disappeared off the grid. The hijackers possess direct knowledge of police procedures. They’re already steps ahead. The police must meet a list of demands to ensure the hostage’s release, including the delivery of a large ransom. Any delay will cost lives. The clock has begun to tick…” (Rainfilm Sdn Bhd).

Verdict: This is one movie that seriously needs to be remade by Hollywood’s better experienced directors and writers. Cold War
is a intense, fast-paced, case-solving film with an almost
over-complicated plot but screws it all up in the seemingly rushed final
third with a simple, straightforward climax before leaving the viewers with a
cheesy, cliffhanging ending with questions unanswered. Tension builds up brilliantly from the
very beginning of the film hence the lack of character development, and the suspense is kept throughout until the end. Fantastic performance by veteran actors, Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung, but bad choice casting the other younger ones like Ariff Rahman Lee and Eddie Peng that just didn’t play out their roles convincingly enough.

Second opinion: “It keeps me guessing the whole time” (Iris Loong).

Rating: 3.5 / 5


Favourite scene: The face-off between Lau (Kwok) and Lee (Leung) in the first third of the movie. “You, too, think that I’m abusing my authority?” — “I’m only worried that you emotions will…” — “I’m asking you, yes or no?!” —
YES!” From composed manner into an argument in which they emotionally scream at each other’s face with overlapping lines for a minute or so. When Caucasians pull off a scene like this, it’s common but when Chinese actors do it, it’s impressive (’cause it’s rare, perhaps).

Unanswered questions: How did Lau manage to climb all the way up from being an admin in the police force to being the next Secretary for Security? What did Lau do that impressed the current Secretary for Security so much that he’s now a highly trusted person? How did Lee’s son, who’s also a police, grow up to become so treacherous that he would kill his own father? Lee asks his son, “How many (are involved in this crime)?” but not a number is revealed. So how many more moles are there left within the police force and is the person who threatens Lau’s family at the end an officer as well?


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  1. Kian Fai Koh

    in their story, Hong Kong is the safest city in Asia . . . lol the story creator brain is so Hong Kong Comic style wei XD

    yeah, seriously I would expecting Cold War II to be out 😛 oh well

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