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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Mission (1999)

A HK gangster film considered by many as Johnnie To’s best work to date.
It follows five men of differing skill levels, each hired to protect a Triad boss who fears for his life. In-between gunfights the men spend their downtime getting to know each other in a roundabout way.
There’s an odd choice of music throughout. It takes the edge off the hardened setting, but is a crucial part of what gives the film its unique identity, so it’s best to just accept it and let it do its job.
Even if you dislike the overall approach that To took, you can’t dispute the fact that it’s an interesting addition to the genre.
I wasn't on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was, however, completely attentive and eager to see what would happen next.

4 walks of life out of 5

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