Watched Sep 05, 2012
Dan Cole’s review:
Anders Banke's second feature film is a remake of Johnnie To's 2004 film Breaking News. This Swedish/Russian production is at times quite the accomplished action film. The shoot outs are hectic and brutal, guns are given a realistic sounding quality and bullets impact bodies causing tiny blood explosions. This adds a sense of reality to the violence, with Banke going further by staging the action scenes with no showmanship. Of course it is a frenetic action film, but the ludicrous moments don't often come from the action (even when grenades are involved). The sillier moments come from the hostages and the "comedy" dad character. The whole sitting down to dinner is a bit far fetched in concept, but in the grand scheme of the film it works. This is a film that puts a spin on the criminals in a apartment complex, being flushed out by the cops. The unique angle is that the media, or better yet the use of the media, plays a heavy part in the proceedings. The film attempts to tackle a few thematic strands that work to a point but become dead weight near the end. Criticism of the media, the police and the concept of victimisation are all well and good, but Banke just runs out of steam with each idea. In fact the film is over long even at 102 minutes. At the end of the day it is an action film that is worth a look at if your a fan of interesting shoot outs.