Running Out of Time 2
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Johnny To.

Director To follows up his classic film with a sequel starring Lau Ching-wan and Ekin Cheng. A lighter, more whimsical film which has split early viewers of the film pretty evenly between like and hate. I liked it, though the writers neglected to put in a point, something I always appreciate finding in a film. Here, cop Lau Ching-Wan once again fails to catch a charismatic thief (Ekin replacing Andy Lau in this role). You'd think he'd be demoted by now. Like To's FULLTIME KILLER, this film has the looks but not the heart of his earlier directorial efforts. Pointless, but Cheng and Lau keep you watching with the sheer power of their charm alone. There are worse ways to spend a couple hours.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.

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