Thursday, June 4, 2009

162) The Equation of Love and Death (2008)

162) The Equation of Love and Death (2008) Dir: Cao Baoping Not Yet Released Date Seen: June 4th, 2009 Rating: 3.25/5

As its title suggests, The Equation of Life and Death, suffers from an excess of shrill sentimentality but thankfully not so much that it defuses the bristling tension in debut filmmaker Cao Baoping's neo-noir. Li Mi (Xun Zhou) is a cab driver desperate to find out what happened to her missing boyfriend, whose letter have grown more and more erratic. Eventually, after tirelessly asking each and every fare if they've seen him, she stumbles into two guys that know more than they think. The trouble is these two guys have knives and are preoccupied with evading the cops. While there are some serious lulls to Li Mi's emotional arc, Baoping fills her story with just enough twists to keep it interesting without being contrived. 

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