Sky on Fire review by Bobby Blakey
Well Go USA continues to be the go to distributor for Asian cinema. Outside of their numerous martial arts epics they have offered up some great dramas and horror as well. The latest hitting theaters is the action thriller Sky on Fire starring Daniel Wu, Joeseph Chang, Amber Kuo, Zhang Jingchu, Zhang Ruoyun, Wayne Lai, Philip Keung, Eddie Cheung, and Fan Guangyao with Ringo Lam in the director’s chair. Could this ignite the action mystery it hopes or will it’s fire get put out to quickly?
Sky on Fire follows a chief security officer at a top-secret medical facility who finds himself caught in an explosive battle when a young thief and his accomplices steal a groundbreaking curative medicine. After discovering the true origins of the medicine, the officer must decide who he can trust to protect the cure from falling into the wrong hands and prevent an all-out war from bringing the city to its knees. This is one of those films that offers up some decent action, but often times gets lost on itself trying to be deeper than it really needs to be. It’s no confusing or anything there is just so much trying to be forced into the story that it can never fully commit during the first half to being a drama or the obvious urge to be an action film. As it moves forward it does often find its footing to make it worth investing in thanks to some good performances and exciting car chases. There are some good shoot outs here and there as well as some average fight sequences, but nothing that really stands out to break the walls on the genre.
In the end the film delivers what it appears to set out to and if you go into it understanding what that is then you will likely enjoy it a lot more. The second half of the film offers up more of the action and excitement, but you have to be willing to invest in the often convoluted, but also engaging story to really get something out of it. Decide for yourself when Sky on Fire hits theaters on December 2nd from Well Go USA.