DVD Review: Drug War
Drug Was wasn’t the all out Asian action film that I was expecting, rather a surprisingly complex game of chess that climaxes in the best gun battle since Heat. When a routine drug operation targeting mules results in the capture of drug boss Timmy Choi, Captain Zhang is ready to throw the book at him, which in China is a mandatory death sentence. Then the master chess player Choi dangles a bigger fish for Zhang to go after. In return for his life, Choi promises to deliver the head of China’s most powerful drug cartel, an offer that Zhang just can’t pass up.
The only problem is that Choi’s self preservation motivation sees him looking at every angle and seemingly playing many moves ahead of Zhang, at times saving the Captain’s life all whilst looking for a way to escape.
At times the complexity of the story demands more attention to the film than is comfortable, but the effort put is is more than worth the return. Some moments of possibly unintentional humour lighten the mood of this dark gritty film from time to time, and the frenzied combination of self preservation, distrust and revenge set up for the biggest, most explosive final act that you’ve ever seen in a police drama.
Rating: R16 Violence, offensive language and drug use.