The Sniper (2009)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller, Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |  
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An Asian police sniper team gets cross-sectioned in this slick, ├╝ber-masculine thriller from Hong Kong director Dante Lam. At the heart of it all is the warped, ongoing rivalry between psychotic ex-leader Lincoln (Huang Xiaoming) and current leader-commander Hartman (Richie Jen). Lincoln just finished four years of incarceration for manslaughter thanks to a job that didn't go as planned, leaving him with bitter hostility and resentment; moreover, each leader carries around a twisted, complicated personal history. These factors repeatedly put the two at odds, leading to an eventual onslaught of orgiastic violence and a rapidly-escalating body count. This film gained some unanticipated notoriety when, on a deeply tragic note, star Edison Chen committed suicide following production.

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