In The Line Of Duty (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

In The Line Of Duty (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

 Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In The Line Of Duty  feels like something that would have been better suited in the 90’s.  It’s just such an over the top, silly execution of a reasonable (but done so many time before central idea) that you wonder if you went to bed in a time machine and woke up in a sub-Shane Black movie. Lead Eckhart looks bored (and must be wondering how to fire his agent most of the time), the director is throwing in his best 90’s cliches (shouting police chief that never listens? Check!) and everyone else is wondering “Why the hell did I pay to see this”.  Okay so it’s not dull but man there is so little new here that you could rent or stream a hundred films that do it better.

Best Bit: The idea is kinda of okay

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Black & Blue, Training Day, End Of Watch

 


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Infernal Affairs (2002) – A Quick Capsule Review

Infernal Affairs (2002) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Infernal Affairs deserves its reputation as a modern Asian cinema classic, a film best known in the Western world for being remade by Scorsese and finally winning him the Academy award.  Infernal Affairs is a much more paired done and tighter telling of the story and whilst its lacks the star power of The Departed, the film is a tight, tense and well crafted cop thriller that stands along side some of Asian cinema’s best.  Yet oddly (and probably criminally in many people’s minds) I prefer the remake.  It’s baggier, less disciplined for sure but the combination of cast, director and expectation just win out for me.

Best Bit: Roof Top

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Departed, The Shield (TV), Infernal Affairs 2

 


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