Plot: Special ID talks about the struggle that an undercover detective in the criminal underworld, Chen Zilong, has to go through to protect his identity and save him from the others blowing him away. The leader of his gang is Hung, who is determined to do away with the government agents. Known to his fellow criminals as Dragon, he comes under threat when an old enemy named Sunny begins to interfere and then Chen’s identity is about to expose. However, he has another of his companions, Fang to help him come out of it.
While his struggle goes on to hide his identity, Chen is torn apart between this world and his family. As all of Chen’s underworld companions start to fall under threat, he too feels that he has less time at hand. Chen is willing to risk everything to save his identity from exposing and also to return to the world he belongs. He wishes he never took this dangerous assignment and now wishes to go back. Till then, as the threat increases, he must do everything he possibly can to hide his ‘special identity’.
Analysis: Clarence Fok as the director does a stunning job. What is most appreciable is the excellent portrayal of all the fights scenes in the film. Fok, however, makes it look like a 90’s film in matters of acting, space and music. The movie is a very power-packed one with stunning performances. The technical aspects are appreciable. It is like cinematographer Peter Pau is so skilled at what he does that he can make any scene look superb. He can make any sequence appear extraordinary just as he does in all the fight scenes.
Another aspect of the film worth mentioning is the stunt direction by Bruce Law, which is remarkable. Such are the scenes that they have so much power and an impact that even if they get repeated, you are still astounded at the level of performance. Besides that, Law also has the car chasing sequences to his credit while Yen also choreographs a lot of the long action parts. The film is mostly stunning and engaging but then it drags at certain parts which make it a total mess. Also, there are certain parts which seem uselessly added, and they take away the tension from the film.
Star performances: Donnie Yen plays the lead as Chen Zilong does a pretty good job. He excels at the action sequences as he carries them out extremely well and also as he stands as the choreographer for some. However, Yen also does not work wonders in his role. He lacks that charm that can make the film more appealing. One also expects a lot more from him. Jing Tian is all right as Fang Jing and does a satisfactory job. Andy On as Sunny plays the corrupt guy but entertains the viewers well.
What’s there? The film gives a lot of stunning action sequences choreographed by Bruce Law and Donnie Yen.
What’s not there? It somehow turns out to be dull and un-engaging. Mostly the film is entertaining but for the rest; it seems nothing but a mess.
Verdict: The film has its biggest attraction as Donnie Yen and the amazing action sequences. It is pretty acceptable for a one time watch.
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