大追捕

18 02 2017

English title: Nightfall
Rating: PG13
Running time: 108 minutes
Now out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Some info:
1) Wikipedia
2) IMDB Profile

For those who are able to read the Chinese title, then one may be expecting some big manhunt for someone/group of people. While it does turn out to be a cop and thief movie in essence, the kind of presentation and process was something different from what I had in mind. Not saying it’s a bad thing, just that it was differing in certain details from what I was expecting.

Given its total duration, it is not surprise that the movie goes into the main topic soon enough with the victim being found and hence the investigation commencing to find the culprit behind a seemingly brutal murder. The movie then spends quite a significant amount of time on the core part – investigation which led to revelation of various possible links to past events and the suspects list is narrowed down. Sounds like a pretty standard procedure, but the nice part is the process of this investigation and trying to find conclusive evidence to pinpoint the real culprit(s) behind the entire incident.

When the truth is revealed, one would see that the entire thing is a pretty simple event but the way it panned out and also the performance by the cast in general really did help to make the movie not become one of those standard formula with disappointing act to go along with it. Of course apart from the main case, there are also other subtle subelements which help to flesh out certain characters’ personality better but remains as that without delving too much in those areas in case it distracts the viewers from the core plot at hand.

Overall, while being a short movie, I think it has been able to accomplish in presenting all their key ideas properly and together with a cast that performed well, the movie was a pretty entertaining watch despite it not being exactly cheerful or anything of the sort. My take: 6.5/10

p.s. Seems like I’ve been on a Chinese movie spree lately (well, not sure if the actual publication will reflect this trend though)

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