International Security Affairs agent Jon is on a dangerous mission to escort a criminal scientist to another country. En route, a member of his team, Sean, turns out to be a traitor and shoots Jon in the head while kidnapping the scientist.
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The Viral Factor would be silly if it wasn't such a nuanced mix of popcorn action and fervor. Lam's brilliance isn't just in his action setpieces, as his weaving of drama within acute characterization, involving emotionally damaged and/or flawed characters, is exemplary. A very hit-and-miss director, at times he can be one of the finest action directors ever, even edging out Johnnie To in terms of action and emotion.
More hard-hitting action from Lam. Nicholas Tse is reliable as ever, the same can't be said about Jay Chou though. Thankfully the action is of his usual high standards & the plot (though convoluted) is pretty captivating. A solid thriller from one of Hong Kong's finest action directors.