(2016) That Demon Within (魔警)
That Demon Within, directed by one of Hong Kong’s top genre directors, Dante Lam, is an Asian Cinema drama film that takes a look at a troubled cop descending into madness. Dave, the cop, was assigned to watch over a silent hospital when suddenly, an injured patient enters the hospital in need of a blood transfusion. Dave volunteers to donate his blood – which was a terrible mistake. The man, Han, that he donated his blood to was the leader of a criminal gang in Hong Kong. They are responsible for the sudden outbreak of many violent acts happening across the city. After donating his blood, Dave is blamed by his colleagues for saving the life of one of the nation’s most wanted criminal. Han managed to escape from the hospital and Dave feels responsible to resolve the case of the other gang members murders.
In my opinion, the movie started out slow, and there were a couple unnecessary scenes that could have been cut in order to make the movie get to the point faster. It wasn’t until about half way through where I found myself with my eyes glued to the screen. The pace of the film picked up and I started to enjoy it a lot more. The graphics in this film were very well done as well. I as the viewer could tell that the director paid a lot of attention to the small details which resulted in a well put together film.
With the film being in Cantonese, there had to be English subtitles for us foreigners to be able to understand what is going on. I’m not sure if the film was meant to be funny at times, but because of the translation, it was. And I thoroughly enjoyed the comic relief.
If you are into movies that make you ask questions the entire time, then this is the film for you. That Demon Within contained many scenes that had me on my toes. From the intense action scenes to the comic relief, I very much enjoyed this film. And to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to it at the beginning. Asian film are not always my first choice, but since it was at HPU, I figured I would go; and I am happy I did.
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