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Line Walker (2016) – English Review

The police are trying to stop a drug ring, and an old mole they thought was dead shows up again. Now the police are trying to find out who the mole is and whether he is still on their side.

Line Walker is based on a popular TV series, a TV series I have zero knowledge of.

Line Walker is a movie that focuses on police, gangsters, and moles. The king of this genre is Infernal Affairs, and Line Walker borrows most of its ideas from that movie.

It should be said that I think Line Walker is one of the better copies of Infernal Affairs. Although the characters are thin, it’s interesting to find out who the mole is and who will survive. 

Towards the end of the movie, you smell death and you can hear the church bells ring. Surprisingly, the movie is very cheerful in the first half-hour. But after that, Line Walker gets serious and many people will die.

We get to see shootouts and a nice fight scene in the last minutes where the characters hurt each other. The ending of this fight is good, though what happens didn’t come as a surprise. There’s always a large vehicle nearby when you fight a Terminator.

Line Walker doesn’t offer something new. But to be a copy of the fantastic Infernal Affairs, this is a movie that at least engages. Amazingly enough, because we never get to know the characters enough. Their backstories are weak. The movie leaves out who they are and where they come from.

If you don’t expect too much of Line Walker, and if you like mole movies that borrow most of the story from Infernal Affairs, then this is a movie worth watching. Just disregard the slightly silly tone in the first half-hour, then you are left with a movie that doesn’t offer creativity or a rich character gallery. But the movie engages with its two central characters, their relationship and their fates.

Rating: 6/10

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