The Corruptor

Peaches are shit.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * * )

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I heard this movie sucked, so I went in expecting it to follow through with this idea. I am a huge Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Whalburg fan, so I couldnt pass it up. What I got was indeed followed the "weariest of all cop formulas, the cop-buddy movie" as Ebert stated, but that aside, it really had a lot going for it. When you take out all the crampy buddy cop stuff, you get a cool look at the Chinatown gang battle going on between the Tongs and a new hotshot gang where everyone must dye their bangs to show their toughness. Mark Whalburg leaps into this scenerio without much of a character unfortunately even though we are treated to his sad family life which we probably could have done without. The main idea of the movie (when you are done watching people get be headed in car wrecks) is whether or not it is ok to work with one gang in order to prevent the most crimes or instead to hold your values but "chase your tail in the dark". It is an interesting moral dilemma but isnt covered quite enough. Still the movie is a good time overall. The DVD is a New Line Special Edition which by name implies a rating of 5 (See Contact, Blade and Austin Powers for examples). It has a 16x9 enhanced 2.35 to 1 picture and a nice full Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There is a commentary and a couple of featurettes. Overall not too bad a film at all, but not one to really take much notice in. Worth the time to watch though.