so much fun is how well the binder holds the meat together. Evans’ skills aren’t only evident in action footage, they’re also evident in the way he shoots Tama’s finger extending toward a control panel and pausing (tap, tap, tap) before pushing a button that plunges the building, and the police, into darkness. Or in the way the camera tracks an edgy tenant searching for the harried cops, edging toward their hiding place while clanging a bloody machete against the wall like Freddy Krueger—only for Evans to cut away to another part of the building, creating incredible suspense. Of course, suspense only really works when you care at least a little about the folks onscreen, and Evans manages that as well; his story and characters fare far better than mere binder, making the stoic Rama a hero worth rooting for and turning the machinations behind the real reasons for the raid into a genuine B-movie potboiler. There’s a twist that anyone who’s seen an Asian action film in the past 30 years will forehead-slap over once it pops up, but given that, Evans does a fantastic job of not tipping it early. Seriously, whatever he wants.