May 14, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Beast Cops

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Michael Wong, Anthony Wong
director
Gordon Chan, Dante Lam
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller, Foreign Language
We gave it a C

Drenched in lurid neon and jazzed by handheld camera work, this Hong Kong cops-and-mobsters flick is even more ambitiously stylized than is usual in this genre. Yet Beast Cops tries to be too many movies at once, zigzagging schizophrenically between John Woo-style shoot-’em-up, moody meditation on police corruption, and raffish comedy about an odd coupla roommate cops (Wong and Wong). By the time the story lines start building toward something — namely, a climactic machete duel that gives new meaning to the term chopsocky — you no longer especially care. C

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