Infernal Affairs is a plotty movie, and I dont like plotty movies. And since its a modern-day story about triads and cops, I figured thered be guns. I dont like guns. So it was with great reluctance that I sat down to watch this film, which proves once again, there are always exceptions to the rule.For the quick and dirty, lets just say Infernal Affairs gives us parallel stories of a triad mole (Andy Lau) placed in the police force, and a police mole (Tony Leung) placed in the triad organization.
Speaking of efficiency, the story is impeccably paced and Ziploc-tight. Events are timed and accented for maximum effect. The violence is not excessive or unnecessarily garish but just enough to stir the desired response. Theres also an attention to small visual details that really enhances the tempo.My only complaints are the somewhat abrupt epilogue and the predominance of computers as a plot device. Nowadays, I suppose thats a realistic plot device, but sometimes it doesnt make for very interesting cinema.