Cold War 2 might be the film I’ve known the least about before watching. I knew it wasn’t in English, but I didn’t know which language it was in (it’s Cantonese for the record), I haven’t seen or heard of the first Cold War (the movie, not the historical event), and the plot was a complete mystery. Still, I’m a big fan of giving foreign films a go, as they normally provide the kind of viewing experience I don’t normally get at the cinema. On top of that, China has been producing some incredible action films for decades, and this could well be the latest in a long line of easy to watch Hong Kong thrillers.
Set a little while after the events of the first film, Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok) is the new police commissioner, mainly due to his involvement in the cold war police movement. After finding that his wife has been kidnapped and is now being held hostage, he has no choice but to break the rules he’s meant to be enforcing. Whilst trying to rescue her, one of his own hostages, Joe Lee (Eddie Peng), breaks out of custody. In the process of trying to defend his position as commissioner, things start to unravel, and there might be more at stake than just one man’s job.
This film is horrendously dull. Firstly, it is by no means an action film. There’s one sequence where people are running in a train station, and one where people are shooting, but that’s about it. I don’t mind reading subtitles, but I was hoping for a little bit more action than this. Secondly, this film has an inherently interesting premise, that is somehow squandered, and turned into a TV quality police drama.
Maybe I was missing out on something having not seen the first film, but that seems like an easy way to explain away this film’s shortcomings. There are seemingly endless scenes of dialogue, most of which add little or nothing to the overall story. Quite how Cold War 2 managed to turn a high concept thriller into a dull snooze fest is beyond me.
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