The Fatal Raid review by Bobby Blakey
Well Go USA continues to be the premiere distributor for Asian cinema as well as run the awesome streaming service Hi-Yah! and they show no signs of slowing down. Their latest film The Fatal Raid stars Jade Leung, Patrick Tam, Min-Chen Lin, Jeana Ho, Michael Tong, and Kristy Yeung. Could this action flick bring the level of chaos it promises or will it fail to hit its target?
The Fatal Raid follows two elite police teams head up a secret operation following a dangerous smuggling ring across the Macau border, but when their presence is discovered, the mission ends in a deadly firefight. Twenty years later, an escort mission brings the survivors back to the scene of the tragedy—and fosters a highly unwelcome reunion.
I personally think that no one does straight up gun fight action like Asian cinema. From classics like Hard Boiled to more recent films like Raging Fire they always bring the action and let the bullets fly to the love of the action fans. I was looking forward to this film without much knowledge of it for that very reason alone. What I got was a decent entry into the genre, but also one that is amore generic than anything else.
Make no mistake there is plenty of well executed action with both guns and fists, but despite the fun of it all it’s nothing we haven’t seen numerous times over. I will say the use of a mostly female strike team added a new element that made it feel a bit fresh, but also sits within a story that is pretty by the numbers.
As a whole the film delivers and even has a good ending to bring it all full circle, but for some may just feel more average than anything. If anything the film is worth checking out for the action alone so give it a try and decide for yourself.
Grab your copy of The Fatal Raid when it hits digital, Blu-ray and DVD on August 24th from Well Go USA.