A troubled officer (Tony Leung) under deep cover and a corrupt cop (Andy Lau) each try to divine the other's identity within a crime lord's organization.
" Spins in place with aplomb, generating exponentially more vertiginous doublings with each sweaty-palmed set piece. "
" One of the truest American gangster films of all time. "
" Beauty in its consistent, washed-out blues and silvers, grace in its understated, intense male performances and energy in its unyielding commitment to tone and tension. "
" Skilfully directed by cinematographer Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Infernal Affairs has the feel of a made-for-prime-time U.S. police thriller. "
" This is what movies are supposed to feel like -- provocative, exciting, chilling, complex and fully engaging. "
" What makes it special is the inner turmoil caused by living a lie. If everyone you know and everything you do for 10 years indicates you are one kind of person, and you know you are another, how do you live with that? "
" What gives Infernal Affairs its heat is the friction of who-am-I psychology and cool Hong Kong-style action. "
" I was certainly happy to be trapped in the film's conceit, and the directors, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, manage to convince us that we have witnessed an action movie, although in fact the quantity of violence is so minimal. "
" Smart, snazzy entertainment. "
" Everything you'd want in a police action thriller: powerhouse performances, Grade A production values, a good script and suspenseful direction. "
" Ayoade's new film makes little attempt to ingratiate. Simon's ordeal is a spectacle, not a tragedy meant to sear the viewer's soul; it's less psychological than satirical. "
" The movie's engine is the relationships and the characters' inner lives, all of it boiling with emotional intensity. "
" It's hard to resist the charismatic teaming of Tony Leung and Andy Lau as a cop and a criminal wearing like hats for cross purposes. "
" It overflows with psychological intrigue, something often missing from such offerings. "
" A beautifully crafted, exciting story that keeps on surprising you to the very end. "
" Asia is seizing another of our taken-for-granted, creatively neglected staples, the cop movie, and again shows us how relevant and entertaining it can be when given proper respect. "
" It offers a fairly fresh variation on a done-to-death genre. "
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