Reviewed by: dandan
chief inspector ling (aaron kwok) wakes up to discover that the other cop he went to investigate a lead with has been killed. they were on the trail of a brutal killer who drills holes in his victims - nasty. the thing is, ling seems to be suffering some memory problems, as a result of being knocked unconscious at the scene of this event, and, as he begins to investigate further, it would appear as if he is turning into the prime suspect. can he prove his innocence or will his investigation only lead him to the conclusion that he is the killer?
this is an odd film. i think. in essence, it keeps the viewer watching, only by keeping the puzzle unsolved, doing its best to make you thinking that aaron kwok is the murderer. however, that would be too simple and the viewer sits there, wondering what the truth is, what will the twist be and how it will pan out. there is little to shout about in film as a whole; it's a pretty slick production and no one disgraces themselves, but it is just a little uninspiring.
then, everything changes...
something happens, something which comes as a shock, something which could be described as genius but, judging by others and my own reaction (a loud squawk!), is more likely to be described as ludicrous. still, it is so fantastically ludicrous that it makes the final act of the film absolutely compelling viewing: a fantastic cocktail of insanity, intrigue and unintentional hilarity. i would urge anyone who has any interest in seeing such a spectacle to not read anything else about the film: just watch it. the last thing you would want is for the surprise to be diminished in any way...
a film that, simultaneously, is extremely hard to recommend, yet one that is very difficult not to recommend.
Reviewed by: mrblue
For about the first two-thirds of its' running time, Murderer is one of the most boring "thrillers" you would ever have the displeasure of sitting through, unless you're a fan of watching Aaron Kwok act, which mostly means portraying various emotions, all of which seemingly point to him being constipated. But then a mind-boggingly illogical twist is introduced which turns Murderer into one of the better comedies you're likely to come across this year, albeit a totally unintentional one.
Reviewer Score: 6