SHOCK WAVE REVIEWED
“Shock Wave” made me take notice of a little tidbit. Andy Lau will not play a bad guy anymore. He’ll pay an edgy take on Keanu Reeves’ character from “Speed”, but he won’t allow the character to go negative. That’s when the film starts turning into the back half of the Nolan Dark Knight movies…but dumber. A mad bomber returns to make local cop legend Lau look bad. Now, he has to save off-duty cops, the citizens and anyone who just happens to know him.
While I tend to give International Cinema a break on this stuff, it’s borderline parody material. The sheer ability of a bomber to use forgotten WWII bombs, manipulate giant chunks of the city to work in his favor and then hang it all together is a bit much. In a different era, it might’ve felt new. What’s up with the Lau flicks recently? I’m thrilled that it’s not as aggressive as Wolf Warrior 2, but that’s not asking much.
- 2.35:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 1/2/18
The Plot Thus Far
When a terrorist who specializes in explosives takes hold of an underground tunnel, he threatens to kill hostages if his demands are not met.