Specifics
China [2021] - 88m
Genre
Crime, Action
Directed by
Huang Yi
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Infernal Storm poster

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July 12, 2021

3.5*/5.0*

Tagging along on the popularity of Z Storm and Infernal Affairs. Infernal Storm is a very typical Hong Kong crime flick (though backed with Chinese money) that doesn't really attempt to do anything different. Instead, it revives a genre that's been slowly bleeding to death this past couple of years. Its biggest problem is that it can't quite match the quality of the original Hong Kong films.

This is yet another tale of a mole who has infiltrated a Triad organization. He is one of two guys who are up for promotion, but the organization is aware there's a mole in their midst. And so the usual cat and mouse game starts, including the added trouble that his contact at the police is facing some problems of his own.

With guys like Jordan Chan and Lam Suet, you have some real veterans. The cinematography is also pretty slick, even the soundtrack has some stand-out moments. But when putting everything together, it never quite gels. Something in the editing throws off the pacing of the action and makes it look cheaper than it should. It's certainly not a bad attempt, but not the return to form I hoped this would be.