Hit Team
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Dante Lam.


Not since THE KILLER saved his corneas for Jenny have we seen heroes so concerned about saving up for a major medical procedure. This time, it's undercover cop Chin Kar-Lok who needs some extravagant multimillion dollar back surgery. And it's a special kind of surgery which apparently only works if you do it within a month. So his buddies, led by Alex To, resign from the force and scrape up the money by ripping off gangsters. They also end up killing some gangsters, too, which gets another group of cops, led by Daniel Wu, involved in hunting them down. There is an impressive solidity to the gunfights here, each gun large and loud and each bullet, if it doesn't hit a person, makes its mark on a car or wall. Plenty of action and pathos with lots of good moments. I could really admire the detail and complexity of each individual scene, but it never comes together into a satisfying whole. Compared with Lam's JIANG HU: THE TRIAD ZONE from last year, HIT TEAM is utterly pedestrian.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 12, 2004.


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