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Infernal Affairs (2002)


Full of gut wrenching tension and mind boggling turns, Infernal Affairs is an action packed roller coaster bursting with intelligence. The film that Martin Scorsese modelled his Academy Award winning picture The Departed after, Infernal Affairs is just as obscure and witty. With a tremendous script bearing the weight of the films foundation, the architecture is left to its cast who perform the film in its complexity in perfect synchronization. Directed by Wai-keung Lau and Alan Mak, their ability to control and distribute the films oddities and delicate situations is masterful. Starring Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, and Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Infernal Affairs is a non stop choke hold that will leave you frantically begging for air with a grin on your face.


Chan Wing Yan (Tony Leung), a young police officer is sent undercover to be a mole in the mafia. At roughly the same time, Lau Kin Ming (Andy Lau), a young mafia member infiltrates the same police force. In the years following, Lau and Chan’s boss’s respectively begin to search for the mole in their ranks.


Scorsese may have cut and edited the script to give it more balance and weaving plot lines, but there is no denying the original, Infernal Affairs. Being able to pay attention to the intricate emotions that come with being a mole, as well as an outcast, with no shortage of action packed sequences to even out any irregularities is outstanding. The wholeheartedness of the deception and earnest sacrifices each rat makes in full awareness of the consequences is believable. The soundtrack gives an extra shot of adrenaline to an already rapidly paced heart beat at the centre of Infernal Affairs. Filmed in a consistent grey darkness, both directors use shadiness to mirror the characters deceit and hammer their script home. Infernal Affairs is outlandish, profound, tricky, and sincere picture and it must be viewed by any fans of Scorsese’s remake.

Infernal Affairs: 8 out of 10.


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