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Film Review: The White Storm 3: Heaven or Hell (掃毒3人在天涯) (2023) - Hong Kong / China (4K Ultra HD) (Hong Kong Version)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: The White Storm 3: Heaven or Hell (掃毒3人在天涯) (2023) - Hong Kong / China (4K Ultra HD) (Hong Kong Version)


Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)


“The White Storm 3: Heaven or Hell” is third instalment directed by Herman Yau and starring big names in Aaron Kwok, Louis Koo, and Lau Ching Wan. While it maintains the franchise's signature style, the film offers little in terms of innovation or depth. Aaron Kwok delivers a commendable performance as the undercover police officer, but his character lacks depth and motivation, hindering the audience's emotional investment. Lau Ching Wan's over-the-top portrayal as the drug lord adds entertainment value but can be distracting. Louis Koo, on the other hand, brings stability and coolness to his role as a fellow undercover officer.


Director Herman Yau delivers on the film's action front, with plenty of explosions and high-intensity sequences. However, these moments often overshadow character development and the overall narrative, making the film feel more like a collection of set pieces. The technical aspects, such as cinematography and editing, are competent, maintaining a fast pace. Watch out for fun Gallen Lo’s cameo as the Drug Lord.


Ultimately, “The White Storm 3: Heaven or Hell” offers an efficient and routine action experience that will appeal to fans of the franchise and Hong Kong action cinema enthusiasts. However, it falls short of providing a truly engaging and thought-provoking experience. While the film's production values are high, it lacks innovation and fails to deliver a compelling storyline.


I rated it 7/10


Reviewed on 4K Ultra HD (Hong Kong Version)

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