‘Raging Fire’ – Donnie Yen vs. Nicholas Tse

Donnie Yen, in one of cops and robbers “Made in Hong Kong”. Nothing new under the sun, as practical as it is efficient. The last film by Benny Chan, who died shortly after his release in his native country, is more or less what we expect to find when we choose to see a “Made in Hong Kong” cops and robbers. What comes to be, in general terms, the usual. ‘Raging Fire’ offers the usual genre pleasures of an action film based on the straight line that joins two points. A collision course that brings a good cop face-to-face with a not-so-good crook with whom he has unfinished business. Obvious. An old-school, Hong Kong production, framed on the right terms and generally well executed. Let’s have a good time: The action scenes meet and in between the interest does not wane. As much as Donnie Yen already weighs the years or it is illogical that so many deaths and injuries do not generate greater social alarm. It could be that in Hong Kong they are as accustomed as we are to these productions like this one, which stands out only for being present during its moment. After 120 minutes of “his moment” the memory of him will intermingle with that of so many others like it, diluted in our heads until a YouTube video reminds us of it. Meanwhile, we will continue to want to see the next one by Donnie Yen. Or the next of whoever he is as long as he is. ‘Ranging Fire’ is neither more nor less than what we expect to find. The certainty of betting on insurance.

By Juan Pairet Iglesias


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