3 March 2006 | rsoonsa
A Bias For Cartoonish Action Is Prerequisite For Finding This Mess Adequate Entertainment.
In this essentially moronic movie that violates most universally accepted precepts of discrimination, two narcotics unit policemen working in Hong Kong, one based there (Lawrence Cheng) and one in the U.S. (Alfred Cheung), are working separate angel dust cases in the City when they interfere with each other's undercover assignment, subsequently being ordered by their superiors to work together in an attempt at apprehending the major Hong Kong supplier of the drug who, it happens, is utilizing as cover a Mainland Wushu exhibitory troupe. During a police raid upon the acrobatic company, its leading female member, played by Yvonne Yung Hung, escapes arrest while in possession of a valise filled with the sought stash of illegal powder, as it has been (unbeknown to her) switched with a collection of herbs she means to take to her brother, with her flight intended to avoid repatriation to the Chinese Mainland, since she instead desires to emigrate into the United States (palpably the titular Freedom Run, although the "Q" remains unidentified), and because one of the footling duo of officers (Cheng) has fallen in love with her, his resultant loss of commitment to the police operation jeopardizes the welfare of all those involved. The script, by Cheung and Keith Wong, renders little substance for else but farce, and that is what is seen here, with attempts at humour consistently abysmal, as is a grotesque use of camera trickery in the risible "action" scenes, the latter along with customary Hong Kong style stunt work increasing as the senseless affair moves to a conclusion that is so replete with parodic violence that only a comic book fancier will be expected to remain alert through it. A DVD version provides no compensations.