Plot summary: (from Variety.com)
A Hong Kong police surveillance unit finds itself caught up in the rough-and-tumble of underworld violence in smart action-thriller “Eye in the Sky,” helming debut of longtime Johnnie To scripter Yau Nai-hoi. Well-received at its world preem in Berlin’s Forum, and stuffed with To regulars on both sides of the camera, this looks to have a similar fest and distribution arc to the best of To’s own signed movies, and will be welcomed by the same aficionados.
Opening plunges straight into the story, criss-crossing several of the main characters on a tramcar as the viewer still doesn’t know who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Sustained sequence leads straight to a jewelry store robbery in which the thieves escape by the skin of their teeth.
Leader of the gang is Shan (Leung) who, in a demonstration of ruthlessness that sets up his character for the finale, has to deal with the grumbles of his cohorts during a post-heist, rooftop barbecue. His men want a bigger score than they just pulled off — and Shan himself wants a bigger cut of the goods from his superiors — which leads to a second robbery that turns into a cat-and-mouse game between cops and crims.
Leading the surveillance unit is grizzled Capt. Wong, codenamed “Dog Head”, who’s taken under his wing a bushy-tailed rookie codenamed “Piggy”. Dog Head stresses to her that the SU simply tracks and monitors people, and doesn’t become involved in either judgments or emotions — a rule that Piggy later breaks, with heavy consequences, as they follow Shan through the streets of Kowloon.
Performances at all levels have the effortless of an ensemble that’s comfortable with each other. Leung is especially good as the cool mastermind who conceals deeply psychotic rage, while Yam shows a more mature, kindlier side as the SU vet. Shiu is fine in a smaller role as his hard-assed SU boss.
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