Life Without Principle

Director: Johnnie To
Year Released: 2011
Rating: 1.0

Johnnie To: A man known for his elaborate shootouts, stylized violence and sense of Gangster Cool ... doing a movie about the financial crisis. Unfortunately for Johnnie, this (basically) prevents him from doing what he's best at (gunplay and chasing) and forces him to do what he's mediocre at (telling a story, making you empathize with characters), and watching him juggle three parallel storylines is like watching a one-armed man juggle 50 lb. dumbbells. He is ill-equipped (as a filmmaker) to handle the intricacies of the financial system, and his conclusion is too neatly wrapped up to be plausible.