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Movie Review: Infernal Affairs


Alternate Title: Topsy Turvy World of Moles and Double Agents

Story: Warning! Do not mentally drift, blink too often or leave the theater during this fast paced, highly entertaining Hong Kong crime thriller by talented directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak.

Moles have infiltrated both the police department and the Triad gang. How these men manage to operate leading two lives an dhow they are tracked down is the crux of the film. It is stylish (think noir), twist filled, unpredictable and well worth your time.

It took us about 15 minutes to figure out what was going on at the beginning of the film but once the question marks vanish the film takes on a life of its own. Not only is it fun to watch but I actually cared about these very flawed characters. Check it out!

Word is out that director Martin Scorsese is going to direct a Hollywood version of this film. See the original now because you will probably grow old waiting for Scorseses's version to open.

Acting: The two leading characters Andy Lau as Ming and Tony Leung as Yan were terrific.

Predilection: None. (It rained and we canceled our outdoor plans so luckily we got to see this film.)

Critters: None.

Food: Cup of Noodles.

Visual Art: Beautifully photographed.

Blatant Product Placement: I was thinking about the products as the credits were rolling at film's end. I had only remembered a Visa card but then all of the products were listed for my eyes to behold. How convenient for this reviewer. I can add Lexus and Motorola too.

Soundtrack: A little strange (melodically) for this genre of film.

Theater Audience: A handful of theater goers and one nutcase who sat in the first row.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Predictability Level: I did not have a clue as to how this film would sort itself out in the end. I was surprised several times (I like that).

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No, but it did win a pot full of awards at the Hong Kong Film Festival including Best film, director, screenplay, editing, actor and supporting actor.

Nit Picking: Not a nit in sight.

Big Screen or Rental: Give yourself a treat and check it out on the big screen. For other mole, double agent type films check out: Serpico, No Way Out, The French Connection, The Usual Suspects and Witness.

Length: 100 minutes.

LOBO HOWLS: 7