Gets a bit repetitious toward the end and the whole media thing is more than slightly heavy handed, yet in our world of 24-hour 7-day a week propaganda machines masquerading as "news" it strikes a definite chord. Some great bullet ballet sequences - especially the opener - but none of the memorable characters which these Asian Actioners are known for. One less star for that failing.
To non mi delude mai.Solo il meraviglioso piano iniziale di 10 minuti vale tutto il film,che racconta una banalissima storia di buoni e cattivi con l'ottima trovata della partecipazione dei mass-media,ormai collante di ogni tessuto sociale.To è bravissimo nello spaziare tra interni ed esterni,a dosare le sparatorie ed i rallenty senza esagerare e a chiudere il tutto in maniera adeguata.Altra conferma per Johnnie.
I am in two minds about this film. On one side the soundtrack and, in some places, the acting seemed to hint at soap-opera quality. An average story, with a particularly iffy screenplay. But on the other side, photographically, the composition and editing belie the foundations of the film. The Director of Photography has got this right, whereas everyone else could've done better.
Notwithstanding some terrible soundtrack choices Breaking News is an exceptionally well shot action film with a surprising, albeit a bit melodramatic narrative about the media. For that you are probably better off watching "15 minutes" but if you love impossible tracking shots the first 10 minutes are a must.
The commentary on the media is just a little inconsistent, but the bravura filmmaking more than makes up for its minimal thematic hiccups. The opening sequence is, of course, filmmaking of a kind no one else can touch, but the brief, warm-but-funny scene of the robbers and their hostages sitting down for a meal before the climax is no less original and striking.