Manufacturing just fifty grams of meth in China will earn you a death sentence, and Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) has manufactured tons of it. After a violent lab accident, he's in the custody of Captain Zhang (Sun Honglei), and now he has only one chance to avoid execution: turn informant and help Zhang’s undercover team take down the powerful cartel he’s been cooking for. With the uneasy allies forced to compress months of police work into just 72 sleepless hours, things begin to spin wildly out of control, and it becomes unclear whether the cop or the criminal truly has the upper hand in master director Johnnie To’s puzzle box of a crime thriller.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
While Mr. To may not fill the movie with rousing speeches, either by inclination or out of political necessity, the brilliant, unsettling action scenes - ugly, savage, dehumanizing - speak volumes.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 07.25.2013
Hong Kong action maestro Johnnie To takes his genre filmmaking savvy to the mainland in Drug War, a nail-biter that's actually quite light on action but so well-scripted and shot, it's nonetheless edge-of-your-seat material.Boyd van Hoeij, Variety, 07.02.2013
To has a great mastery of timing; he knows just how long to let a look linger before cutting away, how little he can reveal without losing us.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 08.01.2013
Dynamic chase film hits all the right buttons to fascinate edge-of-seat cop op addicts.Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter, 07.02.2013