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Drug War (2012/Johnnie To/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

Picture: A- Sound: B Extras: D Film: B+

Timmy Choi is a drug dealer/maker, and he just got busted. Threaten with execution, he makes a deal with the cops, his life for the entire cartel. As police chief Captain Zhang chases down various informants, drivers, suppliers and kingpins, he play along undercover as a buyer from Choi, but Choi plays a even more deadlier game, one slip can blow the police's cover and endanger all the other lives of the agents in the field. Choi and Zhang play a game of wits, trying to stay ahead of one another, rules will be broken and loyalty and duties will be tested, whomever loses will end up dead in the Johnnie To thriller Drug War (2012).

Just 50 grams of meth is enough for the death penalty and Choi just got caught with tons. His only way out is cut a deal with the cops, his life for his entire cartel. The chance for getting the entire cartel is just too tempting to past up, but Captain Zhang knows Choi will do anything to escape the death penalty, he is the perfect informant, yet the longer the deal goes on, the larger chance Choi has to betray them. In the end, Choi is willing sacrifice anyone and anything to be free, while Captain Zhang is willing to risk and sacrifice his own life to stop the triad. What will be the result of the clashing of such self will?

This was a film with a script offering a solid game of cat and mouse, the police force works tirelessly to stop drugs from entering the city. As the film progress, roles reverse constantly, sometimes the police has the upper hand and dealers are the ones in control, but whom ever loses control first loses everything. The number of undercover police was staggering, and it was amazing to see how the police undercover persona was totally different, but it was unrealistic in one way, with that many undercover police, someone from the cartel should of recognized someone was a cop.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer was shot in real anamorphic Technovision scope on 35mm film and is one of the best-looking films of its kind we have seen in the last few years with excellent color reproduction, composition, detail and depth. Any kind of styling is not phony and does not hold back the performance in the least. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Chinese 5.1 lossless mix is pretty impressive throughout, though it has a few moments that hold it back a bit. Sadly, a trailer is the only extra.

- Ricky Chiang


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