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Triple Tap


Let’s call it a third on-target.

Rod Lott December 22nd, 2011

Fresh from directing Jackie Chan in “Shinjuku Incident,” Derek Yee begins “Triple Tap” with a fun sequence of a marksman competition on an obstacle course of sorts, where sharpshooter Ken (Louis Koo, “Triad Election”) and cop Jerry (Daniel Wu, “Robin-B-Hood”) break records as rivals.

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This segues into another great sequence, this one of a literal highway robbery, during which a bank’s armored car is stopped beneath an underpass and fleeced. Seven fatalities are tallied, and it might have been more if Ken hadn’t motored by and saved the life of an officer. The only other survivor, a suspect in the heist, fled, leaving Ken to answer a few too many questions for comfort.

So far, so good. But then Yee gives us too many sequences of talking and trials, bringing his fine pacing to a near halt. Part of that was intentional, as the story ultimately pits Ken and Jerry against one another — not in a game on the field, but of wits. This mental pas de deux is not unlike Michael Mann's now-landmark “Heat” (what Asian actioner isn't influenced by that film these days?).

Late in the film, it livens up again, with Ken involved in a mass shootout; look for Yee’s video-game-style POV through an orange sight against a black-and-white background — an interesting stylistic choice. “Triple Tap” bears several instances of fluid imagery, but sometimes at the sacrifice of the overall slick vibe. It’s not without its twists, but those twists are without much consequence.

The Blu-ray includes an hour of interviews, which, like the flick’s two-hour running time, is a bit overkill. —Rod Lott



 
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