SPL II: A Time for Consequences

SPL II: A Time for Consequences ★★★★½

Almost as if Soi Cheang heard the concept of "heroic bloodshed" and thought someone meant it literally (the first heroic blood drive movie?)

The fights here are aces: brutal, fast, and expressionistic, but with total clarity of movement and space. Cheang just shoots the hell out of this thing. It's easy to see what he picked up from To and company--the cavernous use of widescreen, the breathless plotting, making Louis Koo look terrible--but it's also very much a confirmation of his ascendence to the top ranks of working HK directors. And a special note of praise: he handles the globe-trotting/linguistic hopscotch demands of the Modern Chinese Co-Production™ with unrivaled dexterity.

This was probably the most fun I've had with a new release this year. It's my Mad Max. And did I mention that Louis Koo looks terrible in this? So terrible.

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