I should have known better considering I’ve seen two Alan Yuen
films before: a directorial effort in Firestorm
that forgets its unwavering severity in the third act to deliver farcical chaos and a screenwriting effort in Monster Hunt
wherein the lead is a pregnant man with the salvation of monster-kind cooking in his belly. I should have known the American trailer for his latest work The Rookies
was manipulated beyond its desire to pretend Milla Jovovich
was its star. While that was obviously not the case (a common ruse studios use to shield audiences from realizing they are walking into a foreign language film—although this one being fully dubbed was a surprise), the Chinese James Bond aesthetic did at least seem real.
If I had gone back to remember those previous films, however, I would have at least been prepared for how wrong that assumption proves. Because while