If you are a chemist who is mixing poisonous gas for an obvious psycho and he says thank you for your work and leaves you a wrapped present it might would be a good idea to run like hell as soon as he is gone. The chances are it is not a Hermes tie.
If you are a professional killer and decide to retire – don’t let your boss know and then tell him he owes you money. Chances are pretty good he will try and pay you off with something else. Try and get your money first and then send him a postcard from Rio telling him that you are out of the business.
Conversely if you are a contractor of a hired killer – just pay him off and don’t get him irritated at you. Remember that the reason that you hired him in the first place is that he is a much better killer than anyone on your staff is. The chances are they won’t succeed in killing him and you will find yourself on the wrong end of a gun very soon.
All these and other silly plot points occur in this film. They are trying so hard for a romantic heroic bloodshed film, but don’t get any of it quite right. The film begins with Nicky Wu (who is not a big favorite of mine – he basically had Charlie Yeung carry him through his two big hits) delivering room service in a hotel. He is saying to himself “I’ve had many jobs over the last few years, but this one has lasted the longest so far.” Before you have a chance to be happy for him – the door opens – and Nicky has killed everyone inside with a fork. It turns out that it was not a bad tip that caused this, but the fact that Nicky is a professional killer. He wants to get out of the biz though – the short hours and good pay is getting to him – plus the fact that he has a bad heart. Literally. He actually has a pretty good heart for a killer.
I continue to hope that Ada Choi will get a good role one of these days in a good film. She does as much as she can with this one – as she is able to actually wring some emotion out of it and make me care about her. Her face is like a flawless diamond and the slightest change in light or angle brings out a new emotion and a new side to her beauty.