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Overall Rating
2.66

Awesome: 7.32%
Worth A Look: 9.76%
Average: 29.27%
Pretty Bad48.78%
Total Crap: 4.88%

3 reviews, 23 user ratings


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Corruptor, The
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by Slyder

"One Word: Formula"
2 stars

Hereís another Chow Yun-Fat attempt back when he was breaking through in the States. Guided by John Woo, he tried with The Replacement Killers; it had action, but didnít have a good or at least thick-enough plot. Then were here with The Corruptor, a movie that this time includes Marky Mark Wahlberg, and again includes the action that we can expect, and has a thicker plot. The only problem is that it isnít thick enough. Eventually, Chow would break through with Wo Hu Cang Long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), but back then, he was struggling, and you could easily notice. Lets take a look.

Nick Chen (Chow) is a New York City cop working in the Chinatown sector of the city. Heís riding high, making busts, and getting honored by the department. But then, he gets a partner, an American, Detective Danny Wallace (Wahlberg), whom Chen doesnít like much. And soon, bust after bust, Wallace starts entering the dangerous world of Chinatown, which is being fought by the Fukinese Dragons and the Triads. The men behind this shit: Uncle Benny Wong (Kim Chang), Henry Lee (Ric Young) and his henchman Bobby Vu (Byron Mann). Little does Wallace know that Lee has something with Chen, and little does Chen know about Wallaceís REALLY background?

First of all, if you didnít catch the trend immediately when the first scenes roll, youíre probably suffer from a bad case of brain damage. Throughout the movie we enter familiar ground, but a ground that has been covered many times before. We enter formula territory.

Why do we have to discuss all these scenarios again? Maybe itís a trend; maybe itís a challenge. Sure, hereís Hollywood, trying to squeeze out the last drops out of a hundred-time revisited buddy cop formula. Why? I mean, why tire the audience more with this shit? I mean, according to the formula we know:

The main character, the cop, is an experienced hotshot fucker.
That the new partner is a newbie, from some other joint.
That theyíre not going to like each other the very first time
That the newbie will always be humiliated the first time
That the newbie will try to prove himself by impressing his big partner in a bust.
That the bust is nothing but a fucked up embarrassment.
That these guys will eventually understand each other and help each other
That one will betray the other sometime.

There, thereís the entire movie. The plot is paper-thin to the point of almost no intelligence whatsoever. Everything is strictly formula, and the script doesnít even try to come up with any new ideas of itís own. It lacks originality all over, and with all that, the movie starts to stink to low hell. Sure, it contains some disturbing points like the case of illegal immigrants being forced by gangs to do things that they donít want to do. But other than that what else is there to talk about? We know that these guys are going to take out the trash, and kill off the bad buys. Is there anything else that we donít know?

Sadly there isnít. We know everything that is above. But after seeing this move, we finally know:

That this film is nothing but a tiresome exercise in buddy-cop formulas
That this film is nothing but a pile of shit
That the direction is just by-the-numbers directing
That the script is as dumb and as one-sided as your average Popsicle
That the action scenes are cool but are only one of the few things that are good in this movie.
That the film could have been better but wasnít.
That there are better alternatives to this film.

Thereís no point in discussing and dissecting the things that are wrong with this movie because itís all been done before, and honestly, going over this shit again just gives me a headache.

The performances were all right. Chow Yun-Fat proves that heís a star on the rise. He already is in Hong Kong, but heís trying to impress the people of the US of A. The only problem is that heís choosing the wrong movies to do it. Mark Wahlberg is all right, and heís improving his acting skills more. The rest of the cast was all right, nothing to comment there.

In the end, you want a buddy-cop movie, rent Red Heat, Lethal Weapon or Red Heat. If you want a good Chow Yun-Fat movie, rent The Killer, Hard Boiled, or A Better Tomorrow. Marky Mark, rent Boogie Nights or Three Kings. This film falls flat on its face on every lever, and in certain ways, itís embarrassing. In most of the film, a good story is in sight, but it never reaches that summit. If onlyÖ

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User Comments

3/03/11 chris c Moral cop story, in somewhat style of Cop land but fascinating with its moral questions 4 stars
3/17/04 Cindy Sanoguet I love Jon Kit Lee 5 stars
12/31/02 Jack Sommersby Splendidly crafted, but script is mediocre and Wahlberg is pallid. 2 stars
7/31/02 KMG It was so fucking boring my VCR ACTUALLY ATE THE TAPE! 2 stars
6/19/02 LyonHeart44 Chow is always worth watching, and gets an extra half-star...pity the movie really wasn't. 3 stars
6/03/02 Tiffany Faye Hawthorne A "what were they thinking" misfire all around. Lame and boring. Stars wasted. 2 stars
4/12/02 Dina Anything with Mark Wahlberg is a pretty decent movie, he's a good actor. I liked the movie 4 stars
9/20/00 Terrie Smith Run-of-the-mill action stuff; has potential but doesn't offer anything different. 3 stars
7/20/00 Monday Morning Not "Just Average"...this was "Unbelievably Average". Mark musta lost a bet. 3 stars
5/10/99 Hans Hadinata This is a pretty good movie 4 stars
5/07/99 Diptherio Chew young fat is nasty 5 stars
4/16/99 lucas jackson it was so shitty compared to fats old movies fuck it sucked 2 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson Ryan A's review said it all 2 stars
4/07/99 agustin kinda boring for CYF but it gave asian actresses to portray more whores 3 stars
4/02/99 The Incredible Sulk How disappointing. 2 stars
4/01/99 Ah Dooey Awfully bad movie. 2 stars
3/29/99 jvt As a Chow Yun Fat fan, this movie was just painful to watch 1 stars
3/28/99 HeatherLadyBug Looks like Marky is going to have to put his fake schlong back on 2 stars
3/23/99 Bobby Luv This is movie is worth a look just to soak up the instincts of Chow Yun-Fat 4 stars
3/21/99 Daddy Rich Good action scenes. Other than that, just average. 3 stars
3/17/99 Mr Showbiz Neither Chow Yun-Fat nor Wahlberg can bring any zip to this rote cop thriller. An $8 nap. 1 stars
3/13/99 The Dude Fucking great movie---It rocks 5 stars
1/25/99 Dark Horizons I have not seen this much violence in a movie ever. Overly violent to a laughable point. 3 stars
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USA
  12-Mar-1999 (R)

UK
  21-May-1999 (18)

Australia
  06-May-1999 (MA)


Directed by
  James Foley

Written by
  Robert Pucci

Cast
  Chow Yun-Fat
  Mark Wahlberg
  Ric Young
  Jon Kit Lee
  Andrew Pang
  Elizabeth Lindsey
  Brian Cox



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