|Jie jiu wu xian sheng 2015 China Saving Mr. Wu|
All the cop characters are suffocatingly flat. And there's lots of them.
I didn't mind the text titles introducing each character because, as mentioned, they weren't going to make any impression through their acting, but the text titles that announced what part of the unfolding story was on screen every few minutes were ridiculous--as mentioned, tiresome. This guy thinks he's QT?
The cop who kept getting text messages about his son missing him and hoping that he will attend his piano recital (or something silly like that because, as mentioned, I wouldn't have given a damn if that cop got shot in the face, so there needed to be something added to his mix to make us care).
The film utilized the Holy Grail of stupid movies with guns where a bad guy points, INSTEAD OF SHOOTS!, a gun at a good guy, and holds it long enough without shooting (and for no reason) for another good guy to shoot him before he can shoot the first good guy. (It was pointed at the cop getting the text messages, btw. Surprised?)
Summary: Saving Mr. Wu is an action-packed crime thriller based on the true story of China's famous celebrity kidnapping case. Mr. Wu (played by acclaimed film star Andy Lau) is kidnapped in Beijing by Zhang Hua (Wang Qianyuan) and three accomplices, all disguised as cops and demanding a ransom of 3 million RMB. In the ensuing 20 hours, the Chinese detectives led by Chief Xing (Liu Ye) quickly form a task force and sweep the city. Time is of the essence though as Mr. Wu is ordered to be killed at 9pm regardless of whether the money is collected or not. The police eventually apprehend Hua alone and a dangerous mental showdown develops between police interrogators and Hua. As the deadline rapidly approaches, the detectives and captors collide in a dramatic battle and showdown that leaves the audience on the edge of their seats. Saving Mr. Wu is directed by Ding Sheng, one of China's most unique and visually compelling action directors (Little Big Soldier, Underdog Knight, Police Story 2013).