Has the economy of characterization and gorgeous use of light, angle, and color akin to Melville, within the murders-disguised-as-accidents plotline of 1972's The Mechanic, merged with The Conversation's OCD-routine and obsessive paranoia. This Hong Kong film is a superior blend of thrills and art-house style. When sympathy for various good/bad character's shifts between them, is it great writing or just life itself?
Excellent premise&nice cinematography. But the lead actor was disturbing at times (being so very clean&shaven throughout the film, due to how messed up his reality was).Other than that, it was an OK thriller, and I actually sense there'll be a crappy hollywood remake.
Great premise, poor screenwriting. As per usual of Johnnie To productions whether he directs them or produces them, the technical aspects of his films are superb and innovative. From music score to cinematography to action choreography. Louis Koo takes on a somber approach in his role as the leader of the assassins and becomes almost like a unsuccessful Travis Bickle towards the end. Ending is good but needs tweaking