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Picking up some time after the events in the first movie, Sean Lau is now the Commissioner of Police after the successful rescue operation. However, things turn bad when his wife and daughter are kidnapped. Sean has to seek help from former rival and retired DCP, Waise Lee, to return to his job to help save Sean`s wife and child.

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An effective police procedural drama with questionable moments that doesn't live up to the first film
10 July 2016 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Unlike most Hong Kongers, I wasn't that excited for this film. The directors have a great start with "Cold War", and have let me down with their second film "Helios". But hey, third time's the charm, right?

First things first, I appreciate this film in terms of justifying a sequel during the opening, proving that it is not a cash grab. However, the rest of the film isn't as compelling as the trailer suggests, making you ask: was this sequel the one we wanted? The answer is NO!

Negatives: 1) The dialogue loves to glorify Hong Kong (just like the first one). However, there are some questionable English lines, such as a speech, in which Sean Lau says, "God bless our homeland." (Rant incoming) First, who in the world says that in Hong Kong? Secondly, We don't mind if you make it simple, just be more aware of the cultural differences. Honestly, I know some American films that use this line, but because America does have this line (Forgive me if I'm mistaken). Hong Kongers will never say this line in real life, let alone the Hong Kong Police Force.

In addition, there is no need for English dialogues in some scenes. Though I understand that they were going for internationalism (One Country, Two Systems), the realism decreases with the plethora of English spoken in this film.

2) Some characters were wasted. In particular, Janice Man, who kicks ass in Helios, is reduced to pointless character drama and exposition.

3) Tony Leung's character "M.B. Lee", who proves to be a reasonable cop and a man of honor and ethics, has a sudden character change that, in my opinion, destroys the character and the plausibility of the story.

4) If the first movie left you wanting more, then this film has officially follow the footsteps of "Helios", in that it requires you to sit through another possible sequel in the future, judging by the possible cliffhanger at the end of this film.

5) Too many characters, and not every character is substantial to the plot.

Positives: 1) The visuals are a big improvement over the first film. It looks less fake than the first one.

2) Chow Yun-Fat delivers the best performance in this film. (At one point, he goes full on Nicolas Cage-mode of overacting.)

3) The action scenes, though short in length, were actually well- executed.

Bonus: Aaron Kwok's English accent makes me laugh.

Conclusion: If you were anticipating this film due to the first film's quality, you should lower your expectations a bit. If you are just looking for some entertainment, you'll have a fun time.


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