You know, sometimes when I'm watching a so-called foreign movie, I wonder why I didn't hear about this film before, especially if it is a great one. That is precisely what I felt when watching China's "Triple Tap," a smart and gripping thriller that will keep you glued to your seat until its very last frame.
"Triple Trap," which means quickly shooting three times at exactly the same spot, begins at a shooting range that looks like a movie set, where a competition is taking place. We meet Inspector Jerry Wong (Daniel Wu), who just successfully established a record in his category by scoring a double tap (shooting quickly two times at the same spot). He is followed by Ken Kwan (Louis Koo), a competitive shooter. Kwan beats Wong with a new record, scoring a triple tap. Once the competition is finished, and while on his way home, Kwan finds an armored truck robbery taking place, and decides to take action, shooting and killing some thieves, while trying to save a traffic cop. One of the thieves escapes. However, Ken is captured by the police as a suspect, with Inspector Wong handling the case. Wong, being an honest cop, and knowing that Kwan is a successful investor with a clean record, decides to charge him with murder and possession of arms, the reason being that Kwan broke the fire arm legislation. However, as expected, Kwan is found not guilty at the trial, and goes free. Simple and easy, Right? Not so. This is when the good stuff begins, as Inspector Wong gets suspicious of Kwan, who happens to be too smart for his own good. The story then moves to who is smarter than the other.
"Triple Trap" is not only about competition in the shooting range, but also in real life, as the movie takes place in the world of high-finance, at Hong Kong's Wall Street, during our current economic crisis. It is clever and suspenseful - great entertainment directed by Tung-Shing Yee. The Blu-ray + DVD edition includes deleted scenes, interviews and more. (Hong Kong, 2010, color, 118 mins plus additional materials).
Reviewed on Monday, December 12, 2011 exclusively by Eric Gonzalez for Well Go USA.
TRIPLE TAP [2010, Hong Kong]