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The Viral Factor (Blu-ray) Review

/ Oct 20th, 2012 No Comments

The Viral Factor (Blu-ray)
The Viral Factor (Blu-ray)

The Viral Factor (Blu-ray)

From Well Go Usa Entertainment and Emperor Motion Pictures comes The Viral Factor, a Dante Lam film that is a swirl of stories that makes no bones about being an over the top movie. With a compelling story about some of the craziest coincidences that you couldn’t make up if you tried, The Viral Factor definitely brings an unpredictability about it that we didn’t expect. Jay Chou from The Green Hornet and Nicholas Tse star, showing off their gun fighting abilities many different times thoughout the movie. For some people it might be tough to understand what the heck is going on since they spend little time laying down the story, yet some people might find the action just crazy yet not very logical.

The Viral Factor is insanely packed with action as Dante Lam just decides to constantly throw logic right out the window in almost every scene in the movie. The movie opens up in the Middle East with Jon (Jay Chou) escorting a scientist who has made what they believe to be the next black plague, acompanied by his special forces team. Not too surprisingly, the best team member double crosses them, shoots Jon in the head and steals the evil scientist. Trust us, not much of a spoiler, okay?

As Jon recovers from a bullet to the head, which by the way is completely unmovable, he’s told he only has two weeks to live and will lose his mobility, so he decides to go to his mom to spend his time with her. He’s a real nice guy like that, you know? Probably calls every Sunday, walks his neighbor’s dog *and* doesn’t hold a big grudge against you after getting shot in the head. Anyways, his mom shares a family secret that sends his life spiraling and the adventure goes from there.

More spoilers – his brother just so happens to be the most wanted criminal in Malaysia and yet also happens to be one of the most caring guys, ever. This character is portrayed very well by Nicholas Tse, always given chances to do wrong, yet with his brother’s support, always makes the right decision. On the flight to Malaysia to find his brother he meets the lead scientist who saved his life, who is the same scientist his brother is trying to kidnap who is working for his former teammate. Without spoiling any more of the story, there’s more double crossing, firefights and family fun times through the rest of The Viral Factor.

The Viral Factor loses a lot of points because common sense was completely absent while making this movie. First off, if you have a bullet resting in your brain and you will die from it, receiving about 6 to 7 concussions within a short span of time would *probably* kill that individual, but what do we know, right? Second, when people fall 4 stories out of a building and land on a vehicle, they don’t tend to roll over and keep running as if they landed on a giant mound of fluffy pillows. Sure, it’s an action packed thrill ride, but when people are shot over a dozen times they tend to no long be able to run, fight, stop for a Dr. Pepper, or breathe for that matter.

The Blu-ray edition of The Viral Factor has some solid audio and video qualities, and the story is passable but too over-the-top to be considered serious and too weird to be considered awesome.

THE VIRAL FACTOR (BLU-RAY) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall70%

AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY8

Looks and Sounds pretty good!

STORY6

It is always driving forward, yet it is not very original and the coincidences are sometimes a little too much.

ACTING7

There are some truly talented individuals in this film which drive home the emotions of love, hate, anger and carry the story along, but it gets lost in all the action scenes.

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THE VIRAL FACTOR (BLU-RAY) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall70%

AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY8

Looks and Sounds pretty good!

STORY6

It is always driving forward, yet it is not very original and the coincidences are sometimes a little too much.

ACTING7

There are some truly talented individuals in this film which drive home the emotions of love, hate, anger and carry the story along, but it gets lost in all the action scenes.

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