Directors: Wai-keung Lau and Andrew Loo
Writers: Michael Di Jiacomo and Andrew Loo
Cast: Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr, Ray Liotta, Shuya Chang
Studio: A24

“Revenge of the Green Dragons” is a disappointment from the team that brought us the original “Infernal Affairs”. Martin Scorsese is presenting this limited release out some sort of sense of obligation. The film offers up a retread of similar plots. If anything, the finale almost seems to pay an homage to Scorsese’s work on “The Departed”. Everything comes full circle in its own way. That’s kind of trippy, but what can you do? Marvel at Ray Liotta basically functioning as the same character as Raymond Burr portrayed in the American cut of Godzilla?

The Green Dragons aren’t a fearsome game, so much as they play dress up in the clothing of cinematic villains that have come before. I was quite disappointed that I seemed to know every move they would take to keep their criminal ways afloat. Even when the case against them collapses, they push against logic to rub out our hero. Plus, what’s up with that hammer scene? Oldboy’s cool and all, but it felt brutally out of place in this film. Just shoot someone and move on.

Human trafficking is still an alien enough concept to most Americans. Therefore, you have a film that tackles subject matter for an audience that doesn’t necessarily view it as an immediate threat. If that wasn’t enough, the filmmakers are so busy trying to compare themselves to legendary films. What happens when nobody cares? It’s a serious question and this film isn’t the first to leave it unanswered. Even talented filmmakers can be plagued with periods of lackluster production. Hell, one dude made “Stoker”. This wasn’t Stoker bad, but I’ll accept that there are some pains to be had when moving into a new audience. Stream it first and then make up your mind.


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