Joe’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Nice tie." "Thank you."
I saw SPL like five years ago but other than Sammo Hung looking like a Virtua Cop villain I don't remember anything about it. I'm almost positive it's not as good as this though - an operatic melodrama with action sequences so beautiful they may bring a tear to your eye. Favorite is probably the prison riot, which comes early, but it brings previously criminal amounts of deliciously orchestrated pain all the way to the end. It's tempting to hit the opera comparison too hard thanks to the Mozart and whatnot on the soundtrack, but it really does feel like a lot of magnificent effects and sequences in service of a familiar story, making stock emotional situations feel new and important (opera does that, right?).
It's depressing to see Tony Jaa jump through CGI glass instead of the real thing, but I've already gotten over it.