Notable Cast: Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse, Andy On
While Dante Lam has always been a director that has intrigued me, I had never actually seen one of his films until "The Viral Factor." While this film is certainly entertaining in many ways, it suffers from certain 'Bay-isms' that seem to layer on visual action style in place of truly well paced sequences and tension. From what I gather, this is one of Dante Lam's lesser films and I'm glad to hear that considering how much I wanted this film to kick ass like it could have. While the film definitely cakes on action and high octane chase sequences, it sort of forgets to have a main plot and it undermines the entire film from reaching the goals it could have.
When a fellow special ops solider (Andy On) betrays his team to steal a virus for profit, Jon Man (Jay Chou) is left with only a few weeks to live from a bullet in his head. Determined to make things right, he seeks out his long lost brother (Nicholas Tse) who has become a rather notorious thief and is being used by his former team member to orchestrate a deal for the virus. Can the brothers over come their differences to partner up and save the world?!
|Why so serious?|
|"Go ahead - ask me about the punch line again, ass!"|
|"I call shotgun!"|
Written By Matt Reifschneider