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  • Summary: Donnie Yen is Zilong "Dragon" Chen, an undercover cop deep inside China’s most ruthless crime syndicate. The boss, Xiong (Collin Chou), swears to find every traitor and make them pay with their lives. Agents are turning up dead. His days are numbered. Desperate to protect his family and his life, Chen must risk everything to protect the special identity he never wanted - before it’s too late. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Mar 6, 2014
    70
    The lens work by "Crouching Tiger" cinematographer Peter Pau looks super slick; and the film's conformity to trends in regional commercial cinema yields respectable results. But Special ID truly comes alive when it busts out the good ol' fashioned Hong Kong daredevil stunt work.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 7, 2014
    63
    And yet it's impossible to deny that what Special ID does well it does extremely well.
  3. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Mar 4, 2014
    60
    All the performers are supremely entertaining while dealing or defying horrible deaths... but Yen unfortunately lacks the kind of charisma that can elevate a genre film to a higher level of satisfaction.
  4. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Mar 5, 2014
    50
    The audience becomes conditioned to expect the action a few moves before the film makes them, which quickly renders the story tedious.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 4, 2014
    50
    The story is a hopeless mess that from the outset seems to be missing key exposition that might help fill in some of its many gaps.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 6, 2014
    30
    Maddeningly muddled and frustratingly counterintuitive... the story shuttles between Hong Kong and mainland China without a noticeable gain in logic or reduction in decibels.

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