|In the Line of Duty (1986)|
|Starring:||Michelle Yeoh, Michael Wong, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Jing Chen.|
The action is of course a very large part in a movie like this one, and In the Line of Duty manages to prove itself almost immediately. Michelle Yeoh is given the chance to introduce herself to the audience via two back-to-back action sequences at the very start of the movie, something that is very appreciated. The open for the movie features Michelle Yeoh running afoul a group of young punks who intend to bully some poor sap who has tried to quit their gang, but as anyone might expect, Yeoh doesn’t take kindly to bullying. This small fight sequence turns out to be one of the most memorable scenes within the movie because it does numerous things well. First, it introduces us to Michelle and how tough she is. Second, the campy feel to the scene stands out heavily when compared to the intense violence and drama unleashed during the second half. Thirdly, it shows the level of action and athleticism that will be on display within the movie. Yeoh, known for doing her own stunts, shows off several unbelievable moves within this minor action sequence; including a bit where she does a leg scissors that disables the weapon-hand of one villain. It’s a quick shot, but it has to be seen in order to be believed. Following this up, the very next action sequence introduces the audience to another particular style of action. It shows off some very modern threats and introduces some very brutal gunfire into the mix. During this bit we get to see a potential airline takeover that is thankfully defused by our three main leads, and the remainder of the movie relies heavily on this sequence in terms of founding the basic plot for the film. So, to say that In the Line of Duty starts off strong would be a bit of an understatement.