Raging Fire review by Bobby Blakey
If you have ever met me or read one of my reviews at this point you know I am a massive Donnie Yen fan. I will watch anything he is in whether it be a martial arts flick or not. Obviously I prefer the martial arts action and he always delivers. His latest flick Raging Fire teams him up with Nicolas Tse with New Police Story and Shaolin director the late Benny Chan at the helm for his final film. Could this be yet another badass action flick for Yen or will it fail to have enough ammo to hit the target?
Raging Fire follows Shan a highly respected hardline cop with a long history of success on dangerous cases. However, his past unexpectedly comes back to haunt him when a sting operation is attacked by a mysterious group of criminals led by Ngo, his former protégé, a talented former officer who had once respected and admired Shan. However, a terrible mistake three years prior landed him in prison, quickly turning the once rising star into a furious man with a grudge, and the will to destroy everyone who had wronged him—including his former mentor.
I wasn’t sure how much martial arts action we were going to be getting this time around, but had no doubt the action would still be there and I was not wrong. This is an action heavy flick that brings the gun toting explosive action fans want alongside plenty of one on one fight sequences. The story is fast paced and reminded me of the film Heat in many ways, but infused with martial arts action that is second to none.
While I love Yen in the Ip Man style films I actually prefer him in this crime flicks because they always bring more intense action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Both Yen and Tse bring their A game to both the performances and the action. They are the perfect rivals and have numerous memorable sequences including a finale that is just all kinds of awesome.
Yen once again showcases his iconic status to deliver yet another awesome action flick that will no doubt become another classic in his filmography.
Check out Raging Fire in theaters August 13th from Well Go USA.