The tactical unit is coming on a regular turn over, and with promotions being issued to unit members and leaders alike, the competition has has bred division between Sam (Simon Yam) and May's (Maggie Sui) respective units. Meanwhile the events of the last film see Fat Tong (Suet Lam) demoted to a driver, and he is beginning to question his place on the force. The teams are deployed to capture some bank-robbers who are hiding out in the Chinese mountains as the characters tension with each other exaserbates an already dangerous mission.
The change in setting is abrupt for the series that has thus far so far found a quiet home on late night streets of Hong Kong, but you can see the intention was to develop many of these characters (and their job) as that of soldiers. The tension between May and Sam has always been a important element in the series, and while it comes to a boiling point in this film, it is itself distracted by the other members of the squads. The supporting unit's are comprised of all new actors, so we don't have any emotional attachment to them (and really it makes me question how long it's been since the last film? They're not just different actors, they're different characters. How could someone serve under Sam, and still be such a wuss?) Their trials and conflicts are cliche and uninvolving, time spent on them would've been better spent on Suet Lam's story arc, which feels flimsy. And as much as I like May, I don't think they know what to do with her character when she isn't playing off Sam.
There is a good deal more action in this film than the others. There are even moments where it tries to be stylish instead of straight forward like the other sequels. This is probably the most action packed one so far.
The film opens with a lot of promise that it just can't live up to, and while it could've been one of the better ones, it turns out to be the worst in the series. It does make me eager to see Partners (the last Tactical Unit movie) as it sets up a conflict that should ultimately come to ahead in that film.
Finally caught up on requests now, so if you have a martial arts or Asian film your wondering about, let me know and I'll take a look at it!