Running Out of Time (To, 1999)

A mixed bag of fluid camera moves and clever plot twists which never transcend the film’s overall schizophrenic identity. Part heist film, part buddy comedy, this To film features a great pairing of Andy Lau as the terminally ill thief and Ching Wan Lau as the cop pursing him, but doesn’t have the sense of immediacy of his best work. To’s at his most impressive when he compliments visual dynamics with a crisp plot, and Running Out of Time doesn’t succeed in keeping interest within the narrative. Instead, it wallows in style, and even though To is a master of this type of heightened mise-en-scene, it just isn’t enough now that he’s proven himself a truly great action director with Triad Election and Breaking News.

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