Two professionals at the top of their craft engage in a cat-and-mouse game which inevitably leads to mutual respect and admiration despite being on the opposite side of the law. Infused with a playful demeanor and an understanding that the stakes can be felt without divulging into self-serious navel-gazing, Running Out of Time is another skillfully made story by the great Hong Kong filmmaker, one that is just so ripe with playfulness and an aura of unpredictability that pulsates through its familiar cat-and-mouse, cop vs. criminal conception. Circumstance, chance, fate - two men pitted against each other that are the masters of their domain. Would honestly be a fun double bill with Michael Mann's Heat, sharing conceptual and aesthetic similarities - the deep blues and gun-metal grays - with a wildly different treatment and execution. Life despite mortality shouldn't be taken so seriously, and for those who rise above the bullshit - whether it be bureaucracy or other abstract strictures placed on us by society - there is a lot of fun to be had.
Love of all things cinema brought me here.