Operation: Mekong review by Bobby Blakey
Well Go USA continues to bring the best of Asian cinema to the US with their latest being director Dante Lam’s latest action thriller Operation: Mekong starring Eddie Peng and Zhang Hanyu.
Operation: Mekong follows two Chinese merchant ships were attacked in Mekong river and 13 crews were killed. Thai policemen found 9 hundred thousand crystal meth on the ships. This new shocked China. Gang Gao, the leader of Narcotics Corps in Yun Nan province was assigned to lead a special team to Golden Triangle to investigate. Cooperated with a informer, Fanxin Wu, Gao discovered that 13 crew member were brutally murdered and framed up. Gao and Wu decided to fight for justice out of China no matter what it takes. There are elements of this film that moves a bit slow at times, but overall is a pretty strong action flick. The film wastes no time getting right into the action and setting everything up for the rest of the pic. There are a lot of elements that could have been trimmed to make it flow a bit better, but it more than makes up for its shortcomings with the intense action throughout.
With the action they pull no punches with plenty of bullets flying and no one is safe. There are even some harder to watch moments involving kids and guns, but it felt necessary to show the pure evil of the people they are dealing with. As the action unfolds the missions for revenge and law and order get more aggressive and violent making the film more intense right up until the very end. I was really surprised how hardcore it went on some aspects that in turn made it all the better.
This film isn’t breaking down any barriers in the action genre, but it is a great action thriller that is sure to please fans of the genre. This release doesn’t offer up any bonus features, but stands alone as an action flick worth checking out.