Absolutely over-the-top military action, typically a handful of Chinese special forces against vastly superior numbers of Islamic terrorists. Lengthy close combat machine gun battles, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades, snipers, all sorts of vehicles including ships, attack boats, helicopters, tanks, and every sort of car and truck getting shot up and blown up. In the midst of all that, there are a number of relatively brief scenes of strategy and tactics discussions and decisions, and emotional confrontations with understandable fears, wounds, deaths, and the prospect of continuing the particular mission, which changes in mid-course every time. In EVERY combat scene, time running out is a key feature. And as time runs out, the odds against surviving, let alone succeeding keep dwindling. Main mission goals are dealing with cargo ship pirates, locating enough stolen uranium to make 30 bombs, saving dozens of hostages, saving a close friend, and saving the wife of a Chinese president. I don't think i have ever seen so many rounds fired in a movie, and maybe not so many explosions, either. Thus my "over-the-top" comment. That said, one might assume that the extremely graphic action makes it a sure thing for 5 stars. I only gave it 3 stars because the odds against them were consistently too extreme for the heroes to accomplish what they did, let alone survive with so few losses. The closing credits say this was based on a true incident. But it was NOT just one incident. In Chinese language with English subtitles.
Oct 1, 2020