Find the list here: The Top 250 Films List Total Films Watched: 250/250

Sunday, 7 April 2013

#213 - 'Infernal Affairs' (2002)

"Remember this, if you see someone doing something but at the same time watching you... then he is a cop." - Keung.
Infernal Affairs follows the story of Chan Wing-yan, an cop who goes undercover into a triad and Lau Kin-ming, a member of the triad who has infiltrated the Police. It is a case of mole against mole as they each try to get one up on the other. The more complex things get, the deeper undercover each mole has to go. Things come to a head and it becomes a race against time to expose each other. Interestingly, Martin Scorsese's The Departed, which was a remake of this film, is higher up on the list.

Every mole for himself.
This was an action packed ride with plenty going on to keep my interest for the duration. I was perhaps guilty sometimes of drawing comparisons to The Departed when I should have been taking it on its own merits. I will leave all of that for my review of #51 on the list. The concept of the film is great, having two moles facing each other and the organisations they represent, as well as all the dangers that living a double life brings. At just under two hours long, the storytelling is fast-paced and action packed - akin to the nature of the narrative.

I'm a cop, honest.
The posters and all associated media I have seen for this film don't seem to be concerned with spoiling the climactic final scenes of the film. I don't feel like I am spoiling anything here by talking about it, just look at the poster at the top of the post and you'll see what I mean. So it's pretty obvious before you even start the film that there will be some kind of showdown between two men and once the two protagonists are established, you're sort of just waiting for it to happen. Not taking anything away from the ending, it was tense and entertaining, just very telegraphed.

Oh shoot.
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