Corruptor, The

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Yun-Fat Chow, Brian Cox, Ric Young

Directed by: James Foley

Produced by: New Line Cinema, Illusion Entertainment

Distributed by: New Line Cinema

Genre: crime drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: March 12, 1999
Viewing Location: Secaucus Grade: B
Summary: Good performances, bad direction & story.
When I saw the trailers for this, I thought it could be on part with The Big Hit, or at least, The Replacement Killers. Sadly, it doesn't live up to the potential. No fault of Mark Wahlberg and Chow Yun-Fat; they both give fine performances, although Mark needs to work on his more. The screen play sucked, as it didn't tell a very good story, and it really took the plot far too seriously. The direction didn't help either, Chow Yun-Fat requires a director who can make action films, not a movie that vainly tries to tell a morality story interspersed with violence, as this was. Still, it's worth seeing, just to see how Chow Yun-Fat is improving in english-speaking roles and american films. 

Review by Z Date seen: December 14, 2000
  Grade: B
Summary: an attempt to make a hong kong film, american style
John Woo's mid 80s to early 90s movies all dealt with intense loyalties between men. Usually there is a do-gooder hero whose sidekick falls (or seems to fall) from grace, and a lot of tension is generated as a result. The Corruptor tries to mimic this formula but falls a bit flat in parts. Tries to be more intelligent than the usual cop buddy pic, to its credit. 

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