Mad Detective

Mad Detective ★★★★½

Turns the "rogue cop" subgenre on its ear several different times over by focusing on a protagonist who could be a supernaturally gifted Holmesian investigator or a simple schizophrenic, with auditory and visual hallucinations, complicated delusions, and a tendency towards elaborate forms of self-abuse. But ... he might also be right, which is a dynamic that To plays with endlessly from the first scene to the last. His mastery of camera and lighting are also on full display, particularly in the suspenseful climax with its bravura use of mirrors, dust, and shadows.

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