Lam's prior character depth and emotional complication are extinct in favor of pure Hollywood-style action. This lack is surely a problem, but he can create epic action spectacle better than anyone in the world by increasing the intensity and raising the wow-factor. This time it's fully Michael Bay-styled popcorn, but I can't name any action/war films where the battles are this slickly choreographed. Ever.
"Operation Red Sea" is what happens when you give a $70 million budget (massive by Chinese industry standards) to possibly the greatest action director working today, and allow him to go nuts crafting the ultimate military tech-fetishist dream. Although I'm sure the Mainland censors saw this as a recruitment ad for the PLA, I'd argue Lam's emphasis on stomach-churning violence makes his view of war quite clear.
Dante Lam abbandona i poliziotti che popolano i vicoli di Hong Kong per dedicarsi a un blockbuster cinese a dir poco esplosivo: la noia regna sovrana nonostante il gran fracasso, ma ci si tiene svegli grazie al mestiere del regista, sempre in grado di trovare soluzioni visive interessanti e di stupire con alcune scene al limite dello splatter più efferato (vedere per credere!). Brutto, ma con classe.