The Corruptor Reviews
"The Corruptor," Foley's first and hopefully last action film is loud, gratuitous, poorly acted but most damning bereft of entertainment sets Hong Kong's biggest action star and arguably most accomplished actor Chow Yun-fat adrift in this rudderless piece of Chinatown gang war hokum.
To the credit of his language coach (controversial comedian Margaret Cho) Chow's use of English has improved ever so slightly since his bumpy transition to Hollywood in 1998, but the dialogue in "The Corruptor" is so cheap you'll hardly notice.
You don't change Chinatown, it changes you.
Co-star Mark Wahlberg, who Foley previously directed in the actor's first headlining role (1996's big screen Liftetime-like teeny bopper thriller "Fear"), goes back-to-back with wretched performances in Hollywood films featuring Hong Kong talent (1998's gutless "The Big Hit" produced by once frequent Chow collaborator John Woo and directed by Kirk Wong).
Actor Kim Chan portrays crime lord Benny Wong aka "Uncle Benny" in the wake of Chan's recent role opposite Jet Li in "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998) portraying a -- you guessed it -- crime lord named Benny "Uncle Benny" Chan.
Thankfully, to date "The Corrupter" is writer Robert Pucci's only film credit.
The direction is quite down played especially the well created score of the film. The film really divided audiences who expected an all out action film and what was delivered was an interesting police drama.
The film is criminally underrated and is basically a drama dressed in an action front to sell more tickets. This doesn't work and its a common studio issue of selling a movie to the wrong audience.
Mark wahlberg continues to impress me with some down played characters. He couldn't follow in he's co stars spot light because the film would feel odd.
The film was good and well acted but the issues were the bursts of action and over acting. This film should of done a lot better but was left out to dry thanks to the studio. Don't give this film the cold shoulder