Constructed around spectacular and diverse disaster sequences between a burning oil-rig, a crashed jet-liner along with a sinking boat, in addition, it offers finds time to get a tangle of soap opera sub-plots, together with interludes for humor, intense romance and medical catastrophe. Anchored with a charismatic twist from Lam’s regular celebrity Eddie Peng as adventurous rescue leader Gao Qian, it is a predestined blockbuster in Asian markets and provides enough amazing action/mayhem to pique the attention of connoisseurs of big-screen scenery everywhere. (CMC Pictures will start the film from China, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.)
Widowed Gao Qian (Peng), single dad to adorable son Cong Cong (Zhang Jingyi), is a winch-man, that participates in abseiling from a helicopter to haul imperilled innocents from dangerous conditions. Early on, he’s got a slight battle with pilot Fang Yuling (Zhilei Xin) about his near-suicidal bravery, but that settles down as they learn to respect one another and work together — while Cong Cong strives difficult for Gao Qian to love the fairly young pilot. Other personalities and topics are out of stock — anybody who has seen any other movie about groups performing harmful responsibilities are going to have the ability to predict that of the team is the most likely to become a mid-film casualty — but there is more of an emphasis on co-operation and working together than at similar Hollywood movies, like Ron Howard’s fireman play Backdraft or even the John Wayne car Hellfighters.
Also absent in the combination is a recognizable individual villain such as the arsonist at Backdraft, although an interesting Final Destination-fashion undercurrent gets the hero wonder if the disorders of those near to him — Cong Cong needs to get a brain surgery — are to destiny paying him back for all of the lives he’s saved.
Though a few of these interludes are amazingly successful — Cong Cong’s park love is really sweet — the correlation involving disasters is largely here in order to allow the audience breathe. The attraction of the movie is its enormous set-pieces, which readily latest Hollywood essays in tragedy like Deepwater Horizon. Lam pointedly requires a charge for’director/story/action choreography’, also includes nerve-wracking sequences where Gao Qian and his team repeatedly risk their own lives to haul injured people from their mouths of hell.
The mid-film large-scale evacuation of a stricken airliner that is breaking up and sinking quickly features a fantastic deal of well-researched detail regarding triage codes magic-markered about the foreheads of the wounded and the tools utilized to pull crew and passengers trapped by buckled chairs and dropped luggage — but it is the race-against-time struggle with all the components which makes the spectacle this type of high-point.
Really, the air crash is indeed impressive that the movie must pull even more stops to high it for a climax, where Gao Qian rushes in the hospital while Cong Cong has been worked on to rejoin his staff as they fly into the website of a stricken boat carrying inflammable gas. Here, Lam introduces a couple of fantastical elements as dad and son hallucinate through concurrent near-death experiences and the protagonist is left to combat the primal elements of water and fire as he must escape out of the massive boat in regards apart while sinking to the deep.