Put Sammo Hung and Simon Yam back together in this new Hong Kong action trial flick will not guarantee you much action and chemistry from their previous film, SPL (2005). Though it looks like a sequel of SPL in overall, unfortunately it lacks the punch that SPL has.
While China born supporting actor Wu Jing (who also had a supporting role in SPL) appears as a supporting role in Fatal Move, it was somehow rather disappointing to see leading actor Donnie Yen (of Shanghai Knights, Blade 2 and Seven Swords) absent from the film. Instead, Hong Kong veteran actor Danny Lee moves in as his classic role of police detective that he had from years of acting. Another veteran actress, Kelly Tien Niu, finally made her big screen appearance again as the wife of Hung.
In terms of story line, it looks like another 80's gangster flick from Hong Kong. Hung plays Lung, a trial gang leader who owns a firm that conducts illegal drug business. His younger brother Tung (Yam) and a group of followers pledge their loyalty to the firm, and of course, Lung's wife, Soso (Kelly). However, when a drug deal was busted by the police, an inner war broke out in the gang, where it was split into 2 sides, and both wants to get rid of each other. Detective Liu (Lee) stands aside and awaits to get rid of the gang when he discovers one of his men is a spy for the gang.
Comparing Fatal to SPL, Fatal boasts a stronger appearance of veteran cast in a Hong Kong movie in the recent years. It is not that often where you get to see Hung, Yam, Lee and Kelly work together in a movie, not counting the number of other veteran actors making special appearance in the film. Another selling point of the film is the high amount of violence. If you are not prepare to see hand chopping during gang fights, sadistic torture ala Hostel liked torture or loads of throat slashing gore in the film, the Fatal is not the movie for you, even though the blood gushing scenes looks like some cheap CGI effects.
For audience who missed the fighting between Hung and Yen in SPL, they will be fairly disappointed in Fatal, as Hung will not appear in any fights till the last 20 minutes of the film. And sad to say, it is the focus of supporting characters that has been placed too much, that it ends up both Hung and Yam had hardly any chance to explore their roles. To worsen this, Lee had hardly any appearance as Detective Liu, who wants to bring the trial gang to an end. Except from some explosive gun shooting scenes in the film, Lee has hardly any way to explore his role. It was Kelly with the role of Soso, that steals the limelight, as it seems that she was the focus of the film, compared to the rest of the male cast.
Directer Dennis Law, who was the writer for Johnnie To's Election (2005) and Election 2 (2006) pens down the story, which he try to explore the ugly and violent side of the trial gang. But in the end, we got a movie that doesn't had the essence of Election, and lacks the punch of SPL.
Fairly entertaining to those who do loves movie featuring trial gang, loads of bloodshed and violence.