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With car chase sequences shot guerrilla style, without permits or road closures, throughout the public streets of Hong Kong late at night, "Motorway" is an action-packed drama that follows in the footsteps of Soi Cheang`s last work, "Accident". This film stars Shawn Yue and Anthony Wong as a rookie police pursuit driver chasing down a legendary getaway driver through the streets of Hong Kong. Sean is an overconfident rookie in the Stealth Riders, a secret police unit consisting of the best drivers in the force that targets underworld racing and fugitives on the run. Jensen is a legendary getaway driver, who`s never been caught before his retirement 15 years ago. When Sean chances upon Jensen one day, he thinks his day has finally come.
: 12 Jul 2012
: Action / Drama / Crime
1 Hour 30 Minutes
: SHAW ORGANISATION
: Soi Cheang
: 35MM, 2D
Watch this if you liked:
“Initial D” and “Evolusi KL Drift”
People always say that cars are one of men's favourite toys since the day they get their license to drive. For car racers, the powerful engines and the need for speed on the road means everything to them. In their own terms, how you drive on the road indicates your own personality and the way you handle things in life. This is exactly the message that director Soi Cheang is trying to convey to the audience through his latest thriller "Motorway".
"Motorway" brings you through the growing process of rookie cop Cheung (Shawn Yue), who mixes up the true purpose of driving with reckless speeding in the course of carrying out his duties. He learns his lesson when he fails to hunt down the notorious driver Li from helping his old friend to escape from prison. Meanwhile, Lo (Anthony Wong), Cheung's partner, is on his way to retirement. Cheung reminds him of his younger days facing a similar situation that Cheung is facing on the road now and he decides to give a hand to his young partner in stopping the criminal from running rampant on the streets of Hong Kong.
There is nothing you can complain about Shawn Yue's portrayal as an overconfident young driver in this movie. Whenever he steps into his car, you can feel his character's drive. His interaction with Anthony Wong in the drama reminds us their scenes in "Infernal Affairs 2".
There is no doubt that you will see the similarities between the drifting actions of "Initial D" and this film. However, instead of shooting fancy cars, the director makes a great effort in focusing on the driving skills and the policemen's goal in shutting down the legendary getaway driver. He has put the romantic elements aside and chose to focus on more aspects of humanity together with the stunt driving on the narrow roads in the city of Hong Kong.
Credit should be given to the movie's cinematographer and stunt team. You will hold your breath during the high-speed car-turning scenes shot in the dark at the hills when Cheung and his colleagues try to stop Li from escaping for the third time. It is difficult to shoot those exciting scenes in the dark environment but the cinematography and stunt driving efforts in the movie has managed to provide us with the high-quality car-chasing scenes that we usually see in Asian movies.
Nevertheless, the climax of the movie lacks the explosiveness needed as it hardly gives us the impact of the story. Moreover, the storyline is just so predictable and there is no twist at all. The heart-breaking scenes can be developed in a greater and slower manner.
Overall, if you are looking for a no-nonsense chase thriller along with tactical drifting, "Motorway" is not a bad choice.
Cinema Online, 28 June 2012
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