This Hong Kong action thriller is centred on Tyler, a young man who dreams of life on a South American beach. In the opening scenes he has a night of drunken passion with a woman, Ah Jo, who turns out to be a police officer... and a lesbian! This results in her pregnancy but she wants nothing to do with him. To make money he joins an unlicensed group of bodyguards. He also befriends Jack, a young man with a pregnant wife. Things hot up when a group of South American mercenaries turn up; Jack, or Juan they call him, once worked for them and they now want him to kill his father in law. Instead he turns on the mercenaries and it isn't long before they are after him; Tyler also gets caught up in the action.
My plot summary might be a bit confused but to be honest so was I much of the time while watching... strangely this barely matters as the film is chock from of great action sequences. There are numerous fights, shootouts and explosions... we even get a woman shooting at a bad guy while giving birth! I've not seen that in Hollywood movie. Director Tsui Hark does a great job keeping the action very kinetic. The cast is pretty solid; they certainly excelled in the action sequences but also seemed good in the non-action scenes. There are a couple of scenes where fairly obvious CGI is used but they are brief and don't detract from the film. Overall I'd say this won't be for everybody but if you are a fan of Hong Kong action in a modern setting then I'd definitely recommend it.
These comments are based on watching the film in Cantonese with English subtitles.