Accident – When is an Accident Not Murder?

I have no idea why I picked the Chinese film Accident, a 2009 Hong Kong production, from among the thousands on Netflix Instant.

But I’m not complaining even if some parts of the film seemed ridiculous.

Although Accident is a crime thriller, things happen at a slow pace.

None of the frenetic momentum that’s de rigueur in a typical crime movie.

No screaming, no guns firing, no chasing after the victims, you won’t find any of that stuff here.

Pou-Soi Cheang is the director. Kam-Yuen Szeto and Lik-Kei Tang take credit for Accident’s screenplay.

Accident or Murder?

Chinese actor Louis Koo plays ‘The Brain,’ a murderer-for-hire who orchestrates his murders in such a way as to make them seem like accidents.

Cool, isn’t it?

No need to sweat about messy stuff like cops, investigations, arrests, courts or jail.

Meticulous attention is paid to the murders and nothing left to chance to prevent any suspicion that they were not accidents.

The murders are all presented as freak accidents.

High Gear

But life sometimes works in mysterious ways.

One night, “The Brain,” a highly suspicious and paranoid character who taps his assistants’ phones, narrowly escapes death from a runaway bus.

But the bus ends up killing Fatty, one of his assistants.

Ha ha, now ‘The Brain’ can’t help but wonder whether someone is plotting an ‘accident’ on him.

Has the hunter become the hunted?

After all, the previous ‘accident’ victim was a member of a triad (a Hong Kong crime gang).

It’s now that the movie moves into top gear.

The sedate crime thriller turns into a tense psychological thriller.

It’s not until we move toward the end of the movie that we figure out the ‘truth’ behind Fatty’s death.

But thanks to ‘The Brain’s’ paranoia things have taken a drastic turn by that time.

Good Cast

Louis Koo is a decent actor who handles his role with aplomb.

I had no complaints with the supporting cast either.

But what I found silly was some of the techniques used to make the ‘accidents’ happen.

Like the use of kites, for instances.

Its shortcomings aside, I found Accident an interesting film.

I am even tempted to watch it a second time.

5 Responses to "Accident – When is an Accident Not Murder?"

  1. boopalanj   July 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Use of kites? In what way?

    But kites have proved to be fatal, at least in Chennai. The thing “maanja” as they call it, gets a two-wheeler rider’s throat cut.

    How does the film make use of kites? Responds:

    Spoiler: In the film, a kite flying in heavy rain is used as a device to transmit electricity from the overhead wire of a tram car to the track on the ground and then to pass it along to a wheel chair crossing the track and ultimately char the person sitting in the chair.

    All, too far-fetched.

    • Naveen   July 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Romba yosichiruppan pola irukku! 🙂 (Must have be overthought)

      • boopalanj   July 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        Overhead wire to the track on ground? Should it not get short-circuited and get itself burnt?

        WTF? Responds:

        Now you know why we termed it silly.

        • boopalanj   July 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

          We or I? 😉


          They. 😉

          • boopalanj   July 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

            Old habits don’t die easily 😉 – ‘we termed’


            That depends on who’s responding to the comments!

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