Infernal Affairs (2002)

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Oct 15, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Did you see the multi Oscars’ awards winner “The Departed”? Well, let me tell you this original is way better than the remake.

It’s true that the American version has better visuals because…duh, it was produced four years after Infernal Affairs but the original remains the best. Anyhow, I am not here to compare both versions; let’s talk about this movie.

Infernal Affairs is about the underground world, the triads and the read more moles. This is probably the best undercover story ever written; the developments created a race against time to reveal the moles within the gang and the police. This is a fast paced rollercoaster ride with many twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The suspense element was flawless but the mystery built up was somehow lacking that’s why the storyline didn’t manage to get the perfect score.

Like any other action movie, this one contains violence and brutal killing sometimes but I wouldn’t categorize it as a violent movie. This is basically a thriller-crime mixed up with well-made suspense with the undercover theme as its center.

The acting was quite remarkable, with Tony Leung and Andy Lau as main leads you’re bound to expect something with quality and they surely didn’t disappoint. They were both great in portraying their role and delivering feelings; nothing less from two of the best actors in HKC productions. Other actors like Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang were also quite good and pretty convincing.

This movie’s characterization was the major strength point beside the clever writing of course. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I say that all characters will be able to to get your full intention whether they were the good guys or the villains. The writers succeeded in creating top-notch characters’ development that will make you relate with each and every one of them.

The music was fitting for a suspense thriller movie; I also liked the “Shi Shey” song that was played in the background, it was really calming.

Watch this if:
-You’re looking for good suspense thriller with unexpected twists and turns.
- You’re fond of undercover themed stories.
- You’re in the mood for good screenwriting and compelling storyline.
- You like Andy Lau, Tony Leung or both them. This shouldn’t be missed for both of their fans.

Do not expect:
-Happy ever after ending.
- Romance.

All in all, this movie is wonderfully made since it can draw you into the world of darkness and make you strongly attached to its characters and events. If you like the genres, I can guarantee that this movie will manage to move you one way or another.
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Infernal Affairs
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Alternative Titles

  • Native title:

    無間道
  • Also Known as:

    无间道; Mou gaan dou;

Details

  • Country:

    Hong Kong
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Dec 12, 2002
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 41 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.6 (scored by 398 users)
  • Ranked:

    #56
  • Popularity:

    #2180