|Special ID (2013)|
|Starring:||Donnie Yen, Tian Jing, Andy On and Colin Chou.|
The plot for the movie could come from the behind-the-scenes drama that had escalated during the production of the film. Much has been written about Vincent Zhao leaving the film during its early production days due to a difference over the script and conflicts with Yen. Yet, for all of this outrageousness and the absurdity of the basic plot, Special ID still remains an entertaining action vehicle. Indeed, many of the fight scenes are utterly amazing to behold, and the mixed martial art aesthetic still works phenomenally for Yen. Although, I can only imagine what an uninitiated audience member might think of seeing Donnie Yen chase his opponent down while laying on his back. There are still many people who do not understand submission grappling, and seeing Donnie Yen try to initiate the fight and have his enemy lay down on the ground with him can seem a bit silly. Still, Yen keeps the fight choreography tight, relying on speed, a guard that leads to lots of close-range combat, and a mix of styles that always keeps the viewer on their toes. The characters in this movie don’t require many reasons to fight, but when they start – they put on a show.