撕票风云

9 06 2016

English title: Black Ransom
Rating: NC-16
Running time: 93 minutes
Now out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Some info:
1) AsianMediaWiki
2) IMDB Profile

Another Hong Kong production that involves some form of crime and all, a genre that seems to be rather common and popular among movies from there. This time, kidnapping becomes the main theme for crime and thankfully, not all the stars featured in the poster above are as dark as the little picture suggests. That just means there’s the good and the bad guys.

As with many other productions, there is some amounts explicit violence shown, probably that’s what caused the NC-16 rating. It can be a little bloody and violent but still nothing too overboard or made me cringe and I would say for the most part it actually suited the mood and atmosphere pretty well.

Being a relatively short movie, it was not easy to provide some background to each of the characters, their current ambitions and goals in life as well as their motivations. Some parts were actually handled quite well, but there seemed to be some matters that were not explained or it felt insufficient to feel the bonds between certain people. That kind of dragged down the movie a little which I felt it was somewhat a waste as many other areas’ execution was pretty good overall.

But that aside, there are actually some intense moments in the movie as well as some mind games involved though sometimes they pass pretty quickly due to the lack of time to sit around for it to slowly unfold. Again, it is kind of a waste as the movie could really have been a little longer to bring out the best in those moments to add some points

Overall, it really could have been a better movie as many things were kind of set right, but did not see through the entire process to make the best out of them. Still not too bad a watch in my opinion. My take: 6/10

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