Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009
In this rip-off of Se7en, a recently widowed detective (Dennis Quaid) works to track down a band of serial killers who suspend their victims from fishhooks and see themselves as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It’s grim and ridiculous, with some scenes approaching torture porn. Zhang Ziyi takes a stab at broadening her range with another English-language role, but tries too hard. She’s a gifted actress—in Mandarin—but her portrayal of a demented murderess falls flat. Bad role choice. Film becomes increasingly muddled as it limps to its ludicrous denouement.