I remember, before this flick came out, there was a huge buzz about it. Honestly, I wasn't sure about the whole thing because I thought it was a timely show which really fitted the 80's and I wasn't sure if it would be really interesting for this new generation. Anyway, eventually, it was a flop, especially for Colin Farrel who back then was linked to some pretty impressive projects which all turned out to be disappointing (see also 'Alexander'). Still, it wasn't a really awful flick and there were loads of things to enjoy here. First of all, it is directed by Michael Mann and the whole thing just looked terrific. Furthermore, there was a pretty cool cast (Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrel, Gong Li) and they all did a decent job. It is a real shame that such a great actress like Gong Li would make her English debut in such an underwhelming flick. Eventually, the main issue here was above all with the story. Indeed, the whole thing was just so pedestrian and generic. It left me the feeling that the makers were already satisfied since the movie looked terrific so why should they bother looking for an interesting story? To conclude, it is indeed a disappointing movie, but I still think it is worth a look though, especially if you are interested in Michael Mann's work.
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