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A.k.a.
Breaking News
Year
2004
Runtime
90 min.
Director
Johnnie To
Genres
Action, Crime, Drama
Rating *
6.7
Votes *
3,219
Checks
301
Favs
20
Dislikes
4
Favs/checks
6.6% (1:15)
Favs/dislikes
5:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Johnnie To's Breaking News has - and this is not unusual for his work - a few too many subplots, to the point where they register as texture and aren't clearly resolved. As such, they're not bothersome, but it might be worth watching the film more than once to get more out of them. On the surface, the story is a standard cops vs. robbers "under siege" scenario, with the criminals holed up in an apartment building, but the premise takes it in new directions. After the criminal gang humiliated the police in front of the media, the siege is turned into a show by the police force wishing to restore its reputation. So while there's a relentless amount of action in streets and corridors, the real battle is played out on TV. What does the police actually dare release and how do the criminals paint themselves as victims or folk heroes? The action is intelligent and well-choreographed, particularly in the opening 7-minute unbroken take of a street battle, and from there, we're in To's visual world. It's more about cinema storytelling than dialog exposition, and perhaps that's why the subplots don't register too well on first viewing. 5 years 5 months ago
  2. wowwee123's avatar

    wowwee123

    AKA "Breaking News" 7 years 11 months ago
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