Starring Duan Yihong, Yu Nan
Directed by Chang Zheng
Explosion is a 90-minute Chinese movie trapped in one that’s two hours long… okay, it’s actually 107 minutes but it really felt long. Brooding Duan Yihong plays a demolition expert caught in a feud between two rival coal mine bosses, and when one of them ends up dead, he’s framed for the crime.
Naturally, the wrongfully accused uses his pyro know-how to clear his name (one cool moment: he fashions a claymore mine from a torch light). Sadly, the overcooked thriller takes too long to build up and when it’s ready to take off, the wheels are still grounded. Explosive? Hardly. Try enervating. (**)