That Demon Within

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  • Summary: A dutiful cop (Daniel Wu), guilt-ridden over saving the life of a gang leader (Nick Cheung), becomes obsessed with bringing down the crime syndicate of the man he saved.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 17, 2014
    70
    Pulp done with passion can be its own reward, as the veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Dante Lam shows with his feverish cop thriller That Demon Within.
  2. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Apr 16, 2014
    70
    Lam’s filmmaking team deliver thrills on schedule with solid effects, crisp shooting and fast cutting.
  3. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Apr 16, 2014
    70
    Lam’s darkest work to date, one where violence is not just graphic but ugly, and Hong Kong symbolically comes to resemble a charnel house.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Apr 16, 2014
    40
    Rock-dumb Hong Kong thriller That Demon Within is exhausting, and only sometimes batshit enough to be engaging.
  5. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Apr 17, 2014
    40
    Not unlike most of its Hollywood counterparts, though, this Hong Kong import can't resist the urge to dumb down a fascinating premise for the sake of mass consumption.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Apr 17, 2014
    38
    It rarely feels like anything more than an effort to pander to the kind of audiences that enjoy Quentin Tarantino's films for all the wrong reasons.
  7. Reviewed by: Ethan Gilsdorf
    Apr 17, 2014
    38
    There’s a half-realized, half-haunting Hitchcockian psychodrama buried somewhere within That Demon Within. What’s on the surface plays more like Wong and Lam simply forgot to take their meds.

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