A devastating dilemma changes the fate of three cops when an undercover operation against a notorious Thai drug lord goes horribly wrong.
A rare convergence of three of Hong Kong’s biggest stars: Sean Lau, Louis Koo, and Nick Cheung meet in this sprawling crime story in China’s metropolis. A throwback to the bombastic stylings of John Woo’s films, The White Storm is a fiery rage of action, baroque melodrama, and games of deception.
Benny Chan attempts a throwback to the heroic bloodshed films of yesteryear, but seems to have forgotten that filmmakers like John Woo offered intricately choreographed gun battles to go with all the tear-stained melodrama. Chan's film is overlong at 140 minutes, and most of the action is shot and cut in a manner that's indistinguishable from your average Hollywood journeyman director. Call it a missed opportunity.
1.5 Just say "No" to pastel rainbow lens filters. This might not be sooo tedious if it were paced much faster, and all the melodramatic slo-mos/confessional speeches/male bonding moments were kept to a minimum. Also, if all the shoot-out sequences weren't nearly identical. And if the roles for women vs men didn't follow such a strict dichotomy of passive caregiver vs active protector. Koo and Lau are excellent.