I’ll say one thing about my frequent bouts with insomnia. They usually give me a chance to catch some great movies, which, as well all know, always seem to come on in the wee hours of the morning when most normal people are sound asleep. One such movie I recently saw – and couldn’t get back to sleep because of – is The Corruptor, starring Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg.
Now before I go any further, let me say that I am a fairly big action movie kind of guy. If somebody’s getting shot, blown up or just plain old mutilated, I have probably seen it. Having said that, I had never even heard of The Corruptor before I saw it that early morning somewhere around 2 a.m.
Now, I am, admittedly a fan of both, Wahlberg and Yun-Fat and think both are wonderful action film actors. However, it wasn’t the two stars’ presence alone that sold me on The Corruptor.
The storyline, which features Yun-Fat as Nick Chen, a decorated Los Angeles detective assigned to the city’s Chinatown vice unit and Wahlberg as Danny Wallace, a white cop who becomes his newly transferred in young partner, was well written and flowed smoothly throughout the film.
Yun-Fat, in only his second American film at the time, was excellent in an understated sort of way and Wahlberg was more than credible in his role as well.
When Chen takes young Danny under his wing and teaches him the ins and outs of Chinatown, the pair forms an instant relationship. Although Chen is also on the payroll of the local Chinese mafia, that fact gets lost for Danny as he also becomes swept up in the clandestine world of the Chinese mafia.
The movie, which has plenty of action, actually focuses on the relationship between Chen and Wallace and was once again, masterful. As the pair combine for one final showdown, the climatic finish will leave you wanting to go out and purchase the film just like I did.
If you liked Yun-Fat in the Replacement Killers and Wahlberg in The Italian Job or Four Brothers, then I guarantee that this is a film that will leave you more than satisfied.