Plot: There should be three plots here, as the movie have three different substories, closely intertwined one over other. The movie is twisted with flashbacks and turn outs and sometimes it is difficult to tell the mainline from collateral one. The stories are all around Suen, a dedicated but ill-fated cop who can never get over his bride’s sudden disappearance 10 years ago. He is investigating a money-laundering case against businessman Yui chasing some gangsters around Hong Kong. One of his key witnesses is assassinated after being extradited from Canada and while Suen tries to find assassins it's becoming an easy case for Yui's lawyer To to close the prosecution's case. Pursuing To's activities Suen finds To’s wife who looks exactly like Suen's former girlfriend. From other side, the hitman killed the main witness seems also to be linked to Suens girlfriend in some way. Or is it all only Suen's obsession? It appears to be not that easy for Suen (and viewers) to solve this chaotic mess of a puzzle and to stay alive at the same time.
«Involving and entertaining, but also ridiculous and muddled. Aside from one great action sequence, the biggest thrill here is probably the nifty against-type casting, which will likely piss off as many people as it intrigues.»
«“Divergence” is an interesting film in many respects. As an action film, it doesn’t always deliver on the goods; as a crime film, it’s also a bit lacking. But as a character film, it’s quite good, helped in no small part by Aaron Kwok’s affecting performance.»
«"Divergence" is a moody and gorgeous looking film, and definitely more classy than your average HK movie, but there's no denying that most people will probably find themselves bored several times during the film.»
«From start to finish, Divergence is an utter mess. Unlike its Hong Kong thriller predecessors, it fails to maintain any kind of suspenseful pace and instead gets muddled down in its own over-cooked conspiracy plot.»
«The clever story is also well done, with lots of intrigues, nice twists and characters whose backgrounds are interlinked with each other and are slowly dissolved at the end. Remains the question why Chan didn't breathe life into the characters, which also could have avoided some of the more lengthy scenes. »
« "Divergence" is a classic case of "too many cooks spoiled the broth". »
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