The Viral Factor
The Viral Factor (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Tediously overwrought and drably made, with scenes punctuated by synthesized drums out of eighties American TV drama.

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Paul Chambers

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.

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Maggie Lee

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.

Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

"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.

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Michael A. Smith

...director Dante Lam...may have created the best action film of 2012.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

It's an overloaded, overwrought, profligate production inclined to hysteria and, in cumulative effect, something like being pelted with scenes until buried alive...

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Stylish, exhilarating action sequences compensate for the corny drama and occasional tedium.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
As much action as you can pack into one film, If you like crime drama this is your film. Could watch this one over and over, English and subtitles. 5 stars… More
Caesar Mendez
So while at the local video store I saw a trailer for The Viral Factor and thought it was going to be an action packed movie. It was action packed for sure, but… More
Al S
It`s one of the best action movies of 2012, It stands with The Expendables 2 and The Raid: Redemption. A adrenaline-pumping and mind-blowing edge of your seat… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
High octane over the top action packed revenge mode flick. Living in his last days, agent Jon (Jay Chou) fulfills the obligations of his mother's request… More
JY Skacto
<i>The Viral Factor</i> is indeed viral and Dante Lam has another winner on his hands.<p>After an explosive start, the story that defines this… More