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The Viral Factor

Jay Chou stars as a former International Disease Commission agent who goes to Malaysia to find his long-lost brother, now part of a criminal gang. Though initially on opposite sides of the law, the brothers soon unite to fight the brutal syndicate.
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 56%
Critics' score: 56   Audience score: 58   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Dante Lam is John Woo via Michael Bay; he doesn't want to win you over, he wants to beat you up and make you crazy. And for all its silliness, "The Viral Factor" does just that. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

Gunfights and explosions are audaciously played out in real urban locations swarming with people and vehicles, all unfolding with high tension, without losing sight of continuity. full review

Maggie Lee, Variety

It takes a special kind of action director to use chaotic, human-filled public spaces for high-energy foot chases, auto stunts and gun battles yet never once get under the skin with a sense of genuine danger. full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Tediously overwrought and drably made, with scenes punctuated by synthesized drums out of eighties American TV drama. full review

Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail

"The Viral Factor" wants to be both an action movie and a soap opera. But the merging of the two genres by Dante Lam, a director based in Hong Kong, is clumsy, and so is the film. full review

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

It's an overloaded, overwrought, profligate production inclined to hysteria and, in cumulative effect, something like being pelted with scenes until buried alive... full review

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 122 min
  • Available From: Oct 28, 2012
  • Queued by: 265 people
Directed By
Dante Lam
Cast
Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse, Ling Peng, Bing Bai, Andy On, Carl Ng, Jared Robinsen
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