BMEotD #148: New Police Story (2004)
Jackie Chan stars as Senior Inspector Chan Kwok-Wing, a hero cop who leads his team into an obvious death trap from which he is the only survivor. A year after, alcohol has become the only way for Chan to deal with the guilt and disgrace he feels. However, when Chan is assigned a new partner, he begins to slowly pull his life back together and is ready to hunt down those responsible for the death of his team.
New Police Story is a dark film. It’s gritty and pretty depressing at times, and definitely not what I expected to see going in. But all of these elements, along with amazing fight scenes, stunts, and a few comedy routines sprinkled in make it a fantastic revenge film. One of my favorite things about New Police Story is the group of villains. The antagonists are a team of extreme/teenage/cyber-punk bank robbers. However, they don’t care about the money; they just want to kill as many cops as possible. They even make a game of it, assigning points for every cop they gun down. And in their free time, they love participating in The X-Games (yes, these X-Games) and using Windows 95 to create video game versions of their crimes. Now, that’s awesome! The stunts in this film are, like in most Jackie Chan films, AMAZING! However, if you are afraid of heights I suggest you skip this one.