Working with a crack team, Ho Kwok-fai, known as a 'Brain', kills his victims by trapping them in well crafted 'accidents' that look like unfortunate mishaps but are in fact perfectly staged acts of crime. Planning down to the last minute detail, they carefully choreograph their murders in obtuse manners to look like casual events that to the police could only be accidental. Once, during one botched mission something goes wrong leaving a one member of Brain's crew dead and the team in disarray. Was it an accident too, or has someone beat them at their own game? Suspicious by nature and by profession, Ho Kwok-fai is way too far in that business to believe in 'accidents'..
«where Dog is raw and dirty and brutal and Shamo full of stark contrast, Accident is shot in an icy, clinically precise, emotionally distant style that mirrors Louis Koo's performance as Brain perfectly. Ever shot is precise, every composition crisp, everything painfully detailed and closely observed.»
«With some contribution from the Milkyway Creative Team (plus that Johnnie To guy, who serves as producer), Accident turns out to be a well-crafted thriller that's only marred by a sloppy and convenient ending. Up until that point, however, this is cinema par excellence.»
«In "Accident", Louis Koo gives a solidly restrained performance that is always engaging and captivating to watch- first as the cool, calculated leader of the pack and then as the disturbed individual all alone with his doubts and fears.»
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«The fact that Accident is at times thought provoking, unsettling, and even emotional is a testament to the quality of the team involved, short on dialogue but high on tension is a great way to describe it.»
«There’s more than a touch of classic Brian De Palma in the corkscrew plot and setpieces, even though Cheang & Co. don’t try to emulate De Palma’s single-take trademark. And as Brain’s brain becomes progressively screwier, doubts emerge about whether what one is seeing is the truth or an interpretation of it.»
«Stylistically, Cheang is a less-flashy operator than his mentor To, using a lot of available light and evidently shooting on the hoof in crowded cityscapes. He turns in some very attractive work, especially in the night sequences, and action involving an eclipse.»
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