I never thought I'd ever go to amazon to write a one star review, but after watching this movie, I felt compelled. Most one star reviews are full of capital letters, misspelled words, and childish insults. I'm going to try to make this more intelligent than that.
I rented this movie because the back of the box made it sound awesome. It described the lead actor, Zheng Liu, as "the next Bruce Lee" and an "international martial arts star". If this is true, then this wasn't the movie to show it. It also said, "No CGI. No Stuntmen." One of the first things you see in the movie is an explosion that looks like it belongs in a youtube video. A few scenes later, you see Zheng Liu throwing needles that look like they were made by Pixar. I don't have a problem with CGI, but I don't appreciate being lied to. As far as no stuntmen, that may be true, but there's not any big stunts anyway. When I see something specifically say, "No stuntmen" I think, "Oh cool, this'll be like Jackie Chan or Tony Jaa." Nope, not the case.
As far as the plot, there's not much to talk about. I'll admit I'm not a fan of the gangster/drug genre in the first place, but I just thought it was boring. The main character seems to be dealing with some personal demons, but what they are is pretty vague. By far the biggest problem I had with this movie is that some characters are raped(or implied to be raped), and then it's never brought up again. These characters don't have any lines of their own. The people who made this movie either hate women or just don't know how to tell a story. I can't think of any other explanation for this. Now I'm not one of those people who like to throw around the word "sexist". In fact, I resent people who do that. But if you're going to treat rape like it's some small thing that isn't that big of a deal, well, I have a problem with that.
I'm prepared to think this is one of those movies where the plot's just an excuse for the action. Honestly, I wouldn't have a problem with that. But the fight scenes are so few and far between, and you have to wait so long for these gangsters to get done talking to each other for an ass to get kicked. The fight scenes are pretty cool, maybe the one redeeming thing about this movie. But even then, it's not anything you haven't seen before. The only real, "Holy crap!" moment of this film is when Zheng Liu wraps a metal bar around his fist and then goes to work on a guy. I'll admit that was pretty cool.
So basically, it's just a bad movie. Boring plot, not enough fights, and even the few fights it has aren't anything special. And if you really want to see them, I'm sure you can find them on youtube, no need to actually sit through the movie. Maybe Zheng Liu really is as good as they say, but if he is, I hope he chooses better roles from on.