Guys, seriously. You need to go see Drug War this weekend.
The latest film from visionary director Johnnie To (Election, Breaking News), DRUG WAR is a simmering crime film that mixes intense police procedural with truly surprising twists and one of the best extended shoot-out sequences I’ve seen in years. If you’re somebody who is constantly disappointed by the films Hollywood churns out, DRUG WAR is proof that quality cinema is still being produced – it is just often coming from another country.
When a minor drug lord named Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) crashes his car into a restaurant following an explosion in one of his labs, he finds himself in the custody of police Captain Zhang (Sun Honglei), a superstar law enforcer who uses Choi’s fear of the death penalty to turn the suspect into an informer. Soon, the police are operating at a breakneck speed to infiltrate Choi’s world and discover the identity of the drug lords who control the local meth ring. Who can be trusted? Who will survive?
Johnnie To has crafted a completely gripping crime story that rivals the best of American TV. Whether you’re a fan of THE WIRE, BREAKING BAD or THE SHIELD, you’re going to find something to love in DRUG WAR.
But don’t take my word for it. Read Evan Saathoff’s review of DRUG WAR for Badass Digest in which he calls the film “straight up great.”
“Johnnie To's Drug War is a tightly wound morality tale that satisfies while also feeling way shorter than its 105 minute running time. It's not a flashy movie. Johnnie To displays no interest or effort in showing off or breaking any new ground. This is a straightforward genre exercise, pure and simple, except done by one of the best in the business.”
The film is now playing exclusively at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Mason Park. Click here for showtimes and tickets.