The Viral Factor
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IDC Agent Jon (Jay Chou) sustains grave injuries on a mission and decides to spend his final days with his mother. She tells him a long-held secret. To fulfill her wishes, Jon goes to Southeast Asia. He befriends medical specialist Rachel (Lin Peng). When she is forced into the schemes of a criminal organization, Jon attempts rescue and becomes the target of the organization that includes his estranged brother Yeung (Nicholas Tse)! When the organization betrays Yeung and kidnaps his daughter Sheng, the brothers join forces to rescue Rachel and Sheng. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dante Lam is John Woo via Michael Bay; he doesn't want to win you over, he wants to beat you up and make you crazy. And for all its silliness, "The Viral Factor" does just that."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Tediously overwrought and drably made, with scenes punctuated by synthesized drums out of eighties American TV drama."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"If action is all you seek, then I recommend that you watch the movie in 30-minute segments. Start, then stop when you get tired. Then, start again. It might be more palatable that way."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"The well crafted set pieces make any plot heaviness go down in smooth, exciting fashion."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"An enjoyably sprawling if completely scatterbrained action movie from director Dante Lam."
‑ Brent Simon, Screen International
"Gunfights and explosions are audaciously played out in real urban locations swarming with people and vehicles, all unfolding with high tension, without losing sight of continuity."
‑ Maggie Lee, Variety
""The Viral Factor" wants to be both an action movie and a soap opera. But the merging of the two genres by Dante Lam, a director based in Hong Kong, is clumsy, and so is the film."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"...director Dante Lam...may have created the best action film of 2012."
‑ Michael A. Smith, MediaMikes
"Lam has breathtakingly delivered on the film's action promise, even if the drama proves altogether disposable."
‑ Simon Foster,
"Action trumps plot in Hong Kong director Dante Lam's latest thriller about brothers fighting the release of a mutant smallpox virus."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"It takes a special kind of action director to use chaotic, human-filled public spaces for high-energy foot chases, auto stunts and gun battles yet never once get under the skin with a sense of genuine danger."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"It's an overloaded, overwrought, profligate production inclined to hysteria and, in cumulative effect, something like being pelted with scenes until buried alive..."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Stylish, exhilarating action sequences compensate for the corny drama and occasional tedium."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A monster rush of muscular action sequences, tepidly glued together with rapidly evaporating logic. Secret agent Man's brain turns to mush, and it spreads to the audience."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"The apparent byproduct of watching too much Bad Boys II, The Viral Factor is a cops-and-criminals saga slathered in glossy Michael Bay-isms."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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