Skeletal 90’ action film, free of pretension but not w/o ambition as Soi Cheang delicately scales down his characters’ world into a series of short exchanges & skillfully paced set pieces. Rather than aiming for the operatic, he conducts his car chases as chamber pieces. The exactitude in the margins between speeding cars, barely brushing off one another, is analogous to him navigating the bare lines of the script.
If you can imagine Michael Mann behind the wheel for a "Fast and Furious" film (preposterous, I know), you'll have an idea of what to expect. Cheang Pou-soi is a filmmaker who seems to try on a new genre with each movie he makes; although the runtime is brief here, Pou-soi finds exhilarating new ways to photograph speeding cars and their drivers, ensuring "Motorway" is the Hong Kong action movie to beat for 2012.