I decided to watch this because I enjoyed the first movie. I wondered to myself, “Why is Chow Yun-Fat on the cover? Didn’t his character die in the first movie?”
Ho is offered a chance at parole if he went on a mission to assist his brother, Kit. His job is to spy on his mentor, Lung, who may be suspected of running an operation of making counterfeit bills.
Things don’t go as planned with assassinations and framing so Lung must go into hiding where he is also being tracked down. Enter Ken, the twin brother of Mark from the previous movie. Ken gets involved after a series of unfortunate situations after trying to lead a good life.
Like the predecessor, it provided a lot of emotions such as Kit dying as his wife is giving birth, Peggy getting killed, and Lung’s helpless reaction following his daughter’s death.
Action, action, and action was what this movie had. The shootouts and the violence was top notch. There were more than the necessary amount of bullets flying.
After finding out that it was about Tsui Hark and John Woo not being on the same page about their visions of the movie, I kind of saw it. It wasn’t what John Woo really wanted and what Tsui Hark completely wanted.
Chow Yun-Fat was being a bit over dramatic when it came to his friend rice with his over the top acting.
Though it wasn’t as good as the first one, it still was a very good movie with plenty of action scenes and shootouts. The shootout scene towards the end of the movie is worth watching itself with the massive killings. It truly was a thrill ride.
Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic