Coming to Bluray, and you know you love it, from director Alan Yuen and Well Go USA Entertainment comes the unexpected FIRESTORM.
Oh yes, a storm is brewing and heading toward Hong Kong but mother nature is the least of this city’s worried. During the day there have been brazen robberies of armored cars led by Nam (Hu Jun) that shock even the police.
It is Inspector Lui (Andy Lau) who becomes determined to discover who is responsible. He knows Nam has a part to play in these crimes but finding a connection is difficult. Lui turns to Tou (Lam Ka Tung), an ex-convict who wants to lead a normal life.
To say he ‘volunteers’ is putting it mildly as Tou makes a deal with Lui to find that normal life, the problem is there is no way to ride the line between average citizen and criminal. Both he and Lui have to decide between what is right and what is moral.
FINAL WORD: Lau as Inspector Lui is a man on a literal mission. Trying to maintain his belief in law becomes so difficult when the criminals have a totally different set of rules. Lau has the right demeanor to play this role and executes it extremely well. I never knew what he was going to do next and HE is a cop!
Jun as Nam is definitely a brazen criminal. I had no trouble believing his portrayal of a man who will do anything to get what he wants – and take out anyone who gets in his way!
Tung as Tou is brilliant in this role. I never knew if he was playing both ends against the middle or really did want a normal life. The very shaky relationship between Tou and Lui will truly be a guessing game to the very end.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give FIRESTORM three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Director Alan Yuen really does give absolutely nothing away and I couldn’t have been happier. I realize this is one of those vague film reviews but I do it because seriously it would ruin the film’s twists and turns. I’m just here to tell you that the storm has nothing on the action this film provides.
It is a thrilling film with awesome action sequences that go side by side with the storytelling and that’s a feat in itself. Instead of one taking over there is an evenness that is actually seamless for the viewer.
The ending, and I have to say this, is jaw dropping. Once again it’s the type of film where, if watching alone, you look around saying “Did you see that? Did you see that?” and would happily say it to the wall!
The Bluray has bonus material including “The Making of Firestorm” featurette that has segments including Andy Lau, Yao Chen, Lam Ka Tung, The Criminals, Action Choreography, Action Scenes, Visual and Special Effects and Crossfire Scene. Its 110 minutes of action for any fan of this genre.
In the end – the storm that is brewing is on the streets!