Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Viral Factor (2012) Movie Review

The Viral Factor is a movie which I'm not sure what's it about before I went to watch it. The only details that I knew about is that it stars Jay Chou and Nicholas Tse hence it must be a Chinese movie.

Well, the show actually talks of a team of International Security Affairs who were on a mission to protect a scientist and his family to another country for safety. With the scientist is a mutated smallpox virus which can prove deadly.
The team was led by Jon Man (played by Jay Chou) but it was a failed mission due to a member of the team betraying them in order to obtain the virus for a devious master plan to for insane profits.

After the incident, with a bullet still stuck to his head with no way of getting it out and 2 weeks left to live before dying or being completely paralyzed, he decided to return to his mother in China to spend the rest of his time with her. But doing so has uncovered a secret that his mother has kept from him for so many years, that he has an older brother which his mother left in a hurry to escape from his father who's a hardcore gambler fearing that he's returning soon.

Knowing this truth has prompted Jon to seek his long lost brother who's still in Malaysia with his dad. During the journey back to Malaysia, he met Dr. Rachel Kan (played by Lin Peng) who learned about his condition due to the agony he was in while on the plane and had promise to help him out with some well known neurosurgeon. Upon arrival at the airport, Dr. Kan was quietly kidnapped which later Jon manages to rescue her.

While in Malaysia, he managed to locate his father (who's still a hardcore gambler) and get to know that his brother was a wanted felon with a young daughter to take care of. Jon urges his brother to give himself up but pretty soon found out that the corruption of some police force has even force him to defy the law and take matters in his own hand.

With his family & Dr. Kan in danger, Jon works together with his brother in order to foil the plans of the one who orchestrated it which is also the very person who betrayed Jon's team, Sean (played by Andy On).

This movie is action packed from start till finish. Although some of the effects were not really realistic, yet a word of caution that it's still not for some people who are faint of heart due to some goriness in it. It's a pleasant watch after considering the few almost bored to death shows that I've seen previously. And watching the movie is like a walk around my home country since I'm from Malaysia too. LOL. All in all, I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.


missyblurkit said...

can't seem to get tickets for this movie! aaargh!

darranlow said...

It is so cool for the movie to be filmed in KL and Bukit Bintang area! But am I the only one who thought the movie was draggy?!

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Wow, the movie got so popular?

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

It feels draggy due to way too much action where the two heroes can go through hell and still won't die.

Merryn said...

those were the days when i can watch this kinda movie. nowadays it's only cartoons... @_@

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

It's a blessing in disguise in one way for you. :)

Isaac Tan said...

interesting.. can download for me? hehe

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Download? LOL.

Koh Kian Fai said...

thanks for the post buddy! lol maybe I will miss this show! bless me to catch this up lol

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

But then, if you see the movie at cinemas, you might like the effects there more than watching with a home theater system, no?