Chow Yun-Fat and rising star Mark Whalberg star in The Corruptor, a movie about two cops who are drawn into a world of corruption, greed, and deceit. While The Corruptor makes a noble effort, unfortunately, it falls a little short.
The main problem with The Corruptor is the characters. Both Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Whalberg are fairly likable, but at the same time, they are corrupt. Yun-Fat has been paid off for a while, which decreases his appeal, and at one point he is even willing to kill his partner to protect that fact that he is under the enemy's wallet. Those are some major character flaws. Whalberg, on the other hand, starts out clean but begins to fall into the enemy's grasp later on, although his intentions are a little different. I realize the name of the movie suggests these types of characters, but it just isn't much fun watching a bunch of corrupt cops walking around as the protagonists. Of course, they redeem themselves at the end.
The other problem is the action. While the movie seems to flow rather well with sporadic action scenes, the action scenes are... sporadic. There are a couple pretty good ones but a lot of the movie doesn't have much action. There's also a small plot twist in the film that never really catches on, and it seems as though it could have been handled better.
As for the performances of the stars, everyone does pretty good. I really liked Chow Yun-Fat's acting, and Mark Whalberg does pretty good, although nowhere as powerful as his performance in Three Kings.
The Corruptor has its goods and its bads, and overall, it doesn't quite have enough to offer.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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