Snakehead ★★

SNAKEHEAD, I thought, was supposed to be a thrilling action drama as a woman who was smuggled into the U.S. becomes a smuggler herself and quickly rises ranks within the gang. I guess that does happen, but I didn’t find it thrilling or very action packed. The flat line reading left me feeling completely disengaged from the film and the characters. The script needed some further work. The characters also felt underdeveloped. The numerous flashback scenes of Sister Tse losing her daughter came up frequently but they still didn’t provide much sense of what happened in her past. And the part that really bothered me, the take down of Dai Mah (the matriarchy of the gang) felt way too easy. This film just didn’t connect with me.

(TIFF21 Film #21)

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