Your trusted Irish source for film news, reviews and features.

JDIFF 2013 reviews part 5: Motorway (Che sau)

Follow all our JDIFF coverage here.

Motorway (Che sau)

Motorway (Che sau)

★★

Directed by: Pou-Soi Cheang // Starring: Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Shawn Yue, Xiaodong Guo // Hong Kong
IMDB // trailer //  Screened at JDIFF on February 16th 2013

The premise of a young rookie being paired up with a retiring, safety-first officer in Hong Kong’s “Invisible Squad,” a unit who specialise in catching speeding drivers by zipping around in unmarked cars, is a promising one but unfortunately the final film fails to ever get out of third gear. There’s the expected driving pun out of the way, please proceed.

The second-act set-piece and final chase scene are well-choreographed and exciting but the plot and place-setting around them lack any spark and would have you reaching for the remote-control to hit “character development fast-forward” if you were watching the film at home.

Special mention to director Pou-Soi Cheang and producer Johnnie To for designing the very cool stunt of having a car spin and skid around a tight 90° corner at about 5kmp/h, sounds lame but when you witness it you’re wondering why you didn’t see it in The Fast and The Furious 1-5.

.

The following two tabs change content below.

Nigel

Nigel loves stupid films almost as much as he likes clever films. He'll watch anything but is usually drawn to documentaries, North American independent films, Irish cinema and gung-ho, balls-to-the-walls Hollywood blockbusters. Here's what he's been watching.