It is impossible not to be disappointed at the latest Milky Way Film produced by Johnnie To. The film probably plays like any other To’s films, but without the usual stylish flair that elevates his films to fan-boy’s status. Director Law Wing-Cheong is clearly no Johnnie To and his inability to take an average and predictable story and turn it into a stylistic art means mediocrity is all he will achieve. It is unfortunately with the likes of Anthony Wong and Richie Ren being involved and giving a good account of themselves in the process as well. The film also suffers from the lack of a wonderful soundtrack that is so utterly important in Milky Way films. All in all, Punished fails as a Milky Way production and lacks of all the usual Johnnie To’s stylistic trademark that make his films so much better. Average and predictable at best…
Neo rates it 6/10.
Director: Law Wing-Cheong
Producer: Johnnie To Kei-Fung
Cast: Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Richie Ren, Maggie Cheung Ho-Yee, Janice Man