夺命金

7 01 2017

English title: Life Without Principle
Rating: PG
Running time: 106 minutes
Now out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Some info:
1) Wikipedia
2) IMDB Profile
3) Official Site (English/Chinese)

My first impression after looking at the title was that it would involve some huge amounts of money or lots of bloodshed or violence over trying to gain those wealth. Turns out it is something of a much smaller scale than what I had in mind, and I suppose it draws closer to the hearts of people.

Of course, the role of money here is crucial too, with some kind of emphasis on the financial/banking sector which faced a crisis with that Euro debt crisis situation. It uses that real life event to tie in to the movie’s happenings and how it affected the lives of people from all walks of life – be it a police officer and his family, a triad member and his company, businessmen and even a wavering bank staff, among others.

Greed and other desires/behaviour surrounding the theme of money is explored in the movie, and there seems to be some ‘blame’ on how financial institutes act but the focus is still more on the characters and their lives. It is actually a very simple story, and the storytelling is in a manner that is non-linear. It starts with the ‘main event’ and later on showing the different characters and how they are all involved in this event somehow even though their way of life would normally mean that they would not be crossing paths much.

Not so much on violence here though there are some instances of conflicts and fights. The key idea is that money can really make people go wild/overboard, and the things they may end up doing just so that they have a greater chance at owning more money is really… But that is probably somewhat true in reality, for certain groups of people. Thankfully, there are still more sane and considerate people around than those who are more ‘extreme’, or the world would right now be in an even greater state of chaos.

Overall, it is neither an action packed movie, nor one that will keep you deep in thought after watching, but it shows how different people can face a similar kind of issue and how this can potentially bring out the not so pleasant side of human nature out of it. I suppose the approach here is more of the subtle/emotional approach. For the most part the cast performed well for this style of movie and hence didn’t turn out too bad/awful. My take: 6/10

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