Infernal Affairs (2002)

Infernal Affairs (2002)

2002 R 101 Minutes

Drama | Action | Thriller | Crime | Mystery

Chan Wing Yan, a young police officer, has been sent undercover as a mole in the local mafia. Lau Kin Ming, a young mafia member, infiltrates the police force. Years later, their older counterparts...

Overall Rating

8 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • BarneyNuttall


    8 / 10
    Infernal Affairs is a riveting crime drama that has a sumptuous amount of twists and turns to keep you hooked throughout. With fast-paced editing, flashy camerawork, and some truly shocking moments, Infernal Affairs is Hot Fuzz minus the comedy.

    What keeps the film from true greatness is the forced melodrama between the crime capers. While the marital relationship between Inspector Lau (Andy Lau) and his wife feels natural, the romance between Chan Wing Yan (Tony Leung) is clearly horseshoed into the plot in order for him to have a romantic sub-plot; this ultimately leads to nothing.

    While the film does bring up some interesting points about what defines a criminal and what is true justice, it only skims the surface while there is a significant amount more to be mined from these subjects. At the time of writing this, I haven't seen Scorsese's remake 'The Departed' but I wonder whether this is his justification for remaking a film which appears to be highly enjoyable already.