Title: Infernal Affairs
Release Year: 2002
Directed By: Andre Lau, Alan Mak
Written By: Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Recommended By: Lora Olaes (Lora and I have been friends for years, through Comic Con. She’s a top 10 person for me. She’s an actress, singer and activist.) Also, one of my favorite favorite movies ever, The Departed is a remake of this one. We’ll get into that.
Star Rating: 4
I avoided seeing Infernal Affairs for a long time. I absolutely love Martin Scorcese’s American remake of the film, The Departed and I didn’t want o be either let down by the ways it doesn’t live up to the original, or underwhelmed by the original. Is this stupid? Absolutely.
I’m going to try my best to not spend this whole review comparing these two films, but it is fascinating how they run parallell and where they diverge. The way that the Buddhism of Infernal Affairs and the Catholicism of The Departed contribute to those differences. The way Tony Leung’s easy cool is such a different wavelength from DiCaprio’s unhinged intensity. How Nicholson runs away with the story while Eric Tsang is a more boilerplate villain.
But mainly, I want to talk about how enthralled I was by the thriller aspects of this movie. It’s tightly made, fun to watch, well acted and all together great. It’s a tight police thriller with a great twist and some very fun stakeouts. And the acting adds a lot of depth that’s not quite there in the script. (There’s also not Denham analog character, and the film is poorer for not having that mother fucker around)
I’m really glad I swallowed my reservations and watched the movie. I don’t have time this week to watch The Departed again, but I’ll get to it.
What I Was Drinking
I watched this in the afternoon, I was drinking Pellegrino.