Gen-X Cops

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

While action movies here in the US consist of muscle bound guys firing infinite rounds of ammunition and killing everyone in sight, action movies from Asia usually revolve around smaller guys with intense martial arts skills, who would rather toss a gun in the trash than use it. While I enjoy both styles of action cinema, I am partial to the fists rather than the grenade launcher. The high flying antics and faster than your eyes can handle kicks and punches just send me over the edge, and pump me up more than any other style of action flick. Now, within that Asian action genre, you have divisions as well, with only two really making a stand here in the US of late. You have Jet Li, whose movies are fast as lightning, and usually have complex storylines, with more serious connotations. On the other side, you have Jackie Chan movies, which pull more toward the humorous angle, even the fights appear more comical, but no less intense. If you’re a fan of the Chan style, with humorous dialogue and situations, Gen-X Cops is a release you will not want to miss.

The police force in Hong Kong needs to get inside the underground criminal circuit, to locate some stolen explosives as well as finally bring the main baddie, Akatura to justice. But it’s not that simple to infiltrate a criminal operation, especially one as rigid and organized as this one. Chan, an outsider in the force who many mock rather than respect, believes the best method to achieve their goal would be to recruit some young, somewhat rebellious scouts for the mission. His logic seems correct, get some guys who look like crooks to get in good with the crooks, but he is laughed at. Finally, he is given permission to assemble this rogue squad, and he chooses three rejects from the police training center, who have been constant behavioral problems. So, Chan begins his efforts with Jack, Match, and Alien, only to find them making fun of him as well. With the force watching, and the entire case against Akatura on the line, can Chan whip these troublesome youngsters into shape?

While I have seen reviews that pan this movie, I think they overlook what this movie really is. This is the new wave of martial arts cinema, it doesn’t try to be a Jackie Chan or Jet Li movie. The dialogue is hilarious, and has a ton of adult natured jokes and profanity, which is surprising for this type of movie. Also, this movie features some excellent characters, even the minor characters have decent development. Chan is especially amusing, with an unusual habit of going crazy and having seizures. The three rogue agents are excellent action workers as well as having some excellent lines and delivery. I don’t speak Cantonese, but I can tell how fast and sharp a reactionary phrase is. I personally found Alien to be the funniest of the lot, with his afro hair and hilarious dialogue. I recommend this movie to fans of martial arts cinema, who can grasp the concept of a new approach and style. Sure, there are lots of fantastic action sequences, but I enjoyed the non action segments just as much as the fighting. I believe the movie has high replay value, so I recommend the disc as a purchase, especially since the effort is excellent on the presentation.

Video: How does it look?

Gen-X Cops is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The image is very strong, only a few print nicks here and there emerge, and no compression errors can be found. The colors are replicated well, with vivid hues and natural flesh tones. The contrast levels are top notch as well, with consistent shadow layering, and no detail loss present.

Audio: How does it sound?

This is where I offer special effort awards to the disc. While many studios offer only an English dubbed track, this disc also offers the original Cantonese language track. This lets the viewer make the choice, whether to listen or read. I prefer the original language track, but I can understand why subtitles annoy some folks. Not only did Columbia include the original language track, but the track is a full on Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which kicks serious ass! The English dub is also 5.1, with 2.0 surround tracks offered for both languages as well. The sound is presented well on both tracks, with dialogue sounding crisp and clear. The effects lack a little punch I felt they needed, but still have an excellent ring to them.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The disc includes nearly an hour of deleted scenes, which consist mostly of extended sequences, so you’ve seen some of this footage already. Still, it’s nice to see such an extensive selection available. A making of featurette is also on the disc, which runs a little over half an hour, containing behind the scenes footage of stunts, as well as the teaser trailer and a music video. The last two are only found within the featurette, and cannot be viewed on their own. A talent file on Jackie Chan, the theatrical trailer, and a bonus trailer for Jackie Chan’s Who Am I? are also on this disc.

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