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Ma Jun(Donnie Yen), a beat cop known for dispensing justice during arrests, teams with Wilson(Louis Koo), who’s undercover, to try to bring down three merciless Vietnamese brothers running a smuggling ring in the months before the mainland’s takeover of Hong Kong. The eldest, Archer (Ray Lui ), is arrested in an operation that exposes Wilson and almost gets him killed. His girlfriend, Julie (Bingbing Fan), who’s been unaware of Wilson’s profession, wants to see him quit. Jun pursues the gang tirelessly, sometimes ignoring police protocols. Archer’s trial approaches, witnesses are in danger, and a showdown becomes inevitable. However the proceedings take an ugly turn when Julie is kidnapped by Archer’s brothers.

Wilson Yip has collaborated with Donnie Yen on numerous occasions which have yielded fantastic results and Flashpoint is no exception. What I felt was that, Yip was trying to flesh out a comprehensive plot and set about the proceedings before the action took over. Martial Arts movies have on many occasions ignored plot for action but Yip tries to make an exception this time. He succeeds for most of the part as the short runtime of the movie does well to keep up the interest with enough happening in between to push forth the story. Once the premise is set and the characters are in place, the action takes over.

Donnie Yen over the years has carved out a niche for himself in the crowded martial artist/ actor arena. The reason behind that have been his likeable performances with some breathtaking Martial Arts skills which are in full display here. Yen gives a physicality to the role which elevates it from a passable “good cop beating Bad Guy” routine to something more enjoyable. The action sequences in the second half will leave you satisfied. The chase sequence where Yen runs down a gangster and beats him to death as well as the finale are beautifully executed and are easily the high points of the movie.

A movie like Flash Point doesn’t have much room for drama or character exercises. What it has is a lot of on your face action sequences which need to be well executed to make an impact on the target audience. Flashpoint is able to that just as well as one expects with the exception of a decent plot providing the reason for all the mayhem. However, I felt that we could have had a few more action sequences in the first. Not that I am complaining too much!!! But it could have added to the charm of the movie. Having said that, Flash Point is still an enjoyable watch provided you are a fan of the genre.



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