#207: Infernal Affairs (2002)

When and how did I watch this?

October 18th, 2015, on Netflix.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I found out it was a cop thriller, a genre that I completely abhor.  I also found out it’s from Hong Kong, making it a foreign film, an attribute I now revere.  I found out the plot is somewhat daring and possibly confusing, putting me back in a state of not knowing what to expect.

What do I know about it now?

It worked.  The blur of a backstory before the title reveal made me a bit dizzy, which is where the director wanted us all along — who is the real protagonist?  There are flashbacks, but nothing is overexplained, and we get a glimpse into the personal lives of the primary characters without the film becoming overly sentimental. At times, the complexity overwhelmed me, but I was right there in the end when everything (or everyone) was unveiled.

Did this affect me personally?

Yes; the question, “Who am I?” was thrust upon me, which was surprising for the genre.

Why is this ranked #207?

It’s likely a regional favorite, but it has characteristics of humanity that one might not expect from this type of movie. It’s thrilling, touching, and thought-provoking.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She enjoyed it.

Would I watch it again?

Yes, likely to get more clarity.

Would I recommend it to a friend?


Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

I think it does, though I think it requires some introspection and perhaps some subjectivity to see most top movie lists.

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