Running Out of Time 2 (2001)

RunningOutOfTime2

Inspector Ho (Lau Ching-Wan) has led the normal cops life after the events from the first movie. One day he is called to a building roof top when there warning that a man is about to jump. When Ho arrives one of his colleagues, Ken (Lam Suet) is talking with the jumper. The Jumper (Ekin Cheng) has manipulated Ken into playing a game of ‘Heads or Tails’, but Ken is like a broken record by continually repeating the answer “Heads”. Strangely enough its always a “Tails”.

The mystery jumper soon grows bored with both Ken and Ho. the mystery man suddenly dives off of the building, lighting smoke flares as he jumped. When he lands on the giant crash mat at the bottom, he’s no where to be found. Ho soon tracks him down, as each rubbish bin he passed, he left smoke flares in each.

The mystery man states that he has stole 3 very valuable piece of art, which are worth over five million dollars. Ho is intrigued and sets of the rules between him and the thief. If Ho mange’s to get him to the police station, Ho wins and the thief is under arrest. If the thief gets away, they’ll continue chasing each other.

Unsurprisingly enough, the thief escapes. But he leaves clues behind for Ho catch up. The story soon unveils to show that the thief is after 10 million dollar ransom and he wants Ho to deliver it…

Running out of Time 2 definitely shows resemblance to the first film. Even repeating some memorable seen at points.

Lau Ching-Wan plays the role of Ho perfectly. Ekin Chengs character turns out to be a magician who using Ho as his assistant. Surprisingly enough Ekin Cheng makes a good thief, he played his role well. Two thumbs up. Lam Suets character was at first annoying with the “heads or tails” storyline developing between him and Ekin. Although by the end of the film his character turns into a kind giving sort of guy, Santa…if you know what I mean.

Kelly Lin joins the cast as business woman who is merging companies, but for the deal to go through they need those three pieces of art, back! Of course she has great confidence in Inspector Ho.

Now the film does have its fair share of flaws. Ekins character has a pet eagle, not any old eagle, but the American Bald Eagle! A real AB Eagle is used in the opening sequences and then once more at the end of the film. The rest of the time it is actually a noticeably CGI Eagle.

Final thoughts a rather enjoyable piece of work from Johnny To and his partner in crime, Law Wing-Cheong. Good Work, but don’t expect his best.

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