Eye In The Sky (Gen Zong) (2007) (Hong Kong)
Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:12 am
Director: Yau Nai Hoi
Cast: Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Kate Tsui
The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The film explores the workings of the surveillance branch of the Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CIB), within the Hong Kong Police. One day, they receive the order to track the case of a bank robbery ...
-- The film sets off well, with tension being built within the first few minutes into the story. As the audience are NOT aware (except for those who have read enough synopsis) of who is the good guy or who is the bad guy, and who is trailing who ... Unlike previous HK flicks, the film does not have a lot of actions or gunfires; instead, it chooses to depict the realism of daily surveillances, at times interesting, at times boring ... with occasional chats and humor among one another to get the day by ...
-- Soon, the main story sets in ... and it is a thrilling battle of wits as well as surveillance. The police are vigilant as they try to outsmart the criminals, trailing and tracking them down ... The criminals are an intelligent bunch too, having their own watchdog and surveillances. They too are sharp as they try to outwit the police, evading and escaping from them ...
-- If there is one thing I do not like, it has to be the ending ... The next two para will explain why I do not like the ending, and why the director has chosen to exercise his own convictions ...
* MAJOR SPOILER of the ending *
I am usually fine regardless of a happy or a sad ending. However, given the way the story goes, I think the film should have ended 10 minutes earlier or so, with a more credible and realistic ending -- that is, sometimes, criminals do escape and we cannot always have a happy Hollywood ending.
Yet, the director has exercised his own conviction. He feels that the current ending will be more in line with the title of the film -- that is, even though situations may seem to be in favor of the evil, and all seems to have failed, do believe in Heaven. For Heaven has eyes and will always cast the final fate ...
* END of MAJOR SPOILER of the ending *
Recommended, esp. if you like Johnnie To's style. The film is simple but thrilling, getting better as it goes along. However, I do not like the ending.