is the gripping tale of good cop and bad cop, set in the seedy streets of the
Hong Kong underworld, the Triads, and a determined police force who are keen
at stopping the drug trade with the Thais from continuing. There's only one
small problem and that is that there is a mole in both the police force and
the Triads. Both are cops and both know of the existence of the other, just
not their identity.
feature is really well paced, wrapping up with a running time of approximately
97 minutes, with no feel of the story dragging out at all, nor was it too
short for that matter. There's a true feeling of cat and mouse all the way
through the title and there are enough suprises throughout that you as the
viewer are on edge waiting for the next shock.
Infernal Affairs is really well acted out by it's principal actors and you
will surprisingly find yourself sympathising with both the good and bad cop as
things are not always the way they seem and it's possible to see where and why
loyalties might have become confused at some stage.
movie is presented as pretty grim and gritty and didn't seem to rely too much
on special effects to get your pulse racing. Powerhouse performances by the
two main actors, Andy Lau and Tony Leung bring you to not only like both
leads, but also sympathise with Lau's character who is a mole planted by the
Triad into the police force. Retrospectively it's easy to imagine the torment
felt by Leung's character Yan who wants nothing more to be a cop and who is
sent to join and infiltrate the Triads whilst under the pretense of being
thrown out of police school.
put, this is one movie that you don't want to miss, and the ending is one that
will leave you breathless!
16:9 video, looks great!
Done in a pensive grim and gritty style, the feature kicks butt from start to
finish. I've no complaints with the appearance of this film.
With the choice of Cantonese Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1, there's absolutely
nothing to complain about here. This comes to amazing life during a huge
shootout in the streets. I can't give any more details as it's during a major
part in the story.
great package here that will entertain and inform. There's a great little
making of featurette here that illustrates the way that the actors felt about
their characters, each other and the movie in general. It's not really a
making of but does illustrate the state of mind that was entered into to make
this movie. To get more out of the general making of, check out the
Confidential File extra.
To see what
might have happened, check out the Alternative Ending. I found this to be a
bit too short and agreed with the ending actually shown on the feature.
The rest is
more or less standard filler, albeit interesting to see how the film was
promoted around the world with it's trailers. There is a fairly uninspiring
music video on offer and of course some Eastern Eye trailers as well. All said
and done a well rounded extras package.