Although the story is simple, it’s also convoluted and confusing at times, but when said film is loaded with action it is very easy to overlook simple things like plot. Beyond Redemption is one of those films.
It’s the story of Billy Tong an undercover cop who has recently infiltrated a Triad Gang run by the vicious Big Brother Yuian. Billy is somewhat of a cop with a checkered past who does not want to go undercover, but as his wife is expecting their first child he agrees with the promise he will be transferred and promoted.
Once in the gang he starts to almost enjoy the lifestyle. As he works his way up he goes along for a home invasion that involves kidnapping the daughter of a rival Triad boss. Billy believes this to be a simple ransom kidnapping but soon finds out that Big Brother Yuan is planning on killing the girl in front of her father so he can take control of an arms trade. When Billy learns of this he grabs the girl and decides to take the law into his own hands.
The cast in this film is comprised mostly of stuntmen which for me is almost a plus in these types of films. The action scenes are amazing, and the final battle is jaw dropping to say the least. In fact director Bruce Fonataine is a former stuntman having worked along with greats like Jackie Chan, so he is able to deliver on well-choreographed action scenes.
Beyond Redemption manages to blend the elements of a gangster drama and action film together very well. Lead and stuntman Brian Ho is very effective in the role of a cop struggling with his duel identity trying to do what’s right.
Overall this is a top to bottom solid action film that fans of the genre are sure to love.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!