- Language: German, English
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000056IQC
People who are familiar with the director Johnny To will know what to expect when watching this; a fast, fun, touching and stylish movie. If you're expecting an action movie then look elsewhere Running Out Of Time is more of a cat and mouse thriller. Part of the reason why Running Out Of Time was so successful in Hong Kong was the script; it's very clever with well developed characters and all sorts of twists. Given the subject matters involved this could have been a really dark and depressing movie however it is surprisingly light hearted mood throughout. Many characters are obviously there for comic relief and there were a few places where I laughed out loud.
The film contains the usual stylish flair from Johnny To and a very impressive soundtrack/score throughout the whole movie. The actors also put on good performances, especially Lau Ching Wan and Andy Lau. As I said this is not an action movie and one of the films major flaws was about half way through with a car shoot-out scene. This was probably one of the worst and unbelievable shoot-outs I've ever seen.
Now for the DVD! Let's just say I'm a little more than disappointed with it. The picture and sound is fine, the subtitles on the other hand were appalling. It's filled with so many errors that are so obvious (makes me wonder if they actually checked it before releasing it).Read more ›
What makes TIME tick is the slickness of the characters: Wah only has a few weeks to live, suffering from a form of incurable cancer, and he finds himself paired with police negotiator Sang in his final act toward redemption. Redemption, however, already has its price tag on it, as Wah's condition quickly deteriorates, and he must rely on an unlikely friendship with Sang to help make end-meet-end before meeting his Maker.
These two actors make the picture work, despite some clunky dialogue (especially clunky in the English-dubbed version, so be warned). Their chemistry onscreen elevates TIME to higher levels of interest for the viewer as you don't know who to root for here: the cop being hustled by the shylock, or the shylock living out his last few days trying to mend life's wrongs.
Regardless of whom you root for, RUNNING OUT OF TIME is a great achievement -- a welcome twist to the cop/crook formula -- that gives you some wonderfully unexpected laughs as the story unfolds.