Viral Factor - movie review

Viral Factor - movie review

A Jay Chou / Nic Tse Actioner is a great way to bring in fans of these two actors, and in Asia, there will be many even if the movie sucks. Thankfully, there is decent action, and some pretty good sound effects.

But first...

YOU CANNOT DO AN MRI IF YOU HAVE A BULLET IN YOUR HEAD!!! Any metallic object is a contra-indication to using the MRI and the magnetic waves will cause the bullet to oscillate, and with the hard skull around, it's like a blender in your head... and the brain contents will become a smoothie...

Second, that whole bullet in the head is a copy of James Bond...

Now back to the movie, and suspend the disbelief and all that...

This reminds me of a 70s Malaysian show, called Empat Sekawan, where people speak Tamil, Chinese, Malay and dialects and everyone has no trouble understanding one another...

Here, Jay Chou does Chinese, Nic Tse Cantonese, and there are people who speak English and it's all good... A real reverse Tower of Babel...

Here, a virus has been stolen by a rogue agent, and most of the team who escorted the scientist who has the virus is killed. Jay is the remaining agent, and he wants to hunt the man down. In the midst of this, he finds his own brother on the other side, a criminal who has stolen the virus.

There are a few dramatic and emotional scenes thrown in.... probably trying to milk a bit more out of the show...

Nevertheless there are some pretty large scale action scenes, and they even had a train, in addition to 20% of the Malaysian police force in action. Well they simply provide the counterfoil and don't seem too hot compared to these master criminals, but I disagree that they were moronic... Four helos in the movie.. wow...

Writing this whilst watching it in KL is also another rather surreal thing, as I see places which I actually walked past, or have even visited before...

This is pretty much a non stop action movie, with a little dialogue thrown in...

Chick factor is reasonable, but I don't know a real infectious disease doctor who looks that good..

Decent enough for a rental, but I am not sure if it will be good enough for a keeper.

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