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War (Rogue Assassin)

War (Rogue Assassin) (2007)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 50

Jet Li and Jason Statham find themselves on opposing sides in the immensely boring War, which is full of clichés but short on action.

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 12

Jet Li and Jason Statham find themselves on opposing sides in the immensely boring War, which is full of clichés but short on action.

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An FBI agent whose partner and family were killed by a notorious assassin sets out for revenge as the elusive triggerman sparks a sprawling gang war between the triads and the yakuza in the feature debut from prolific music video director Phillip Atwell. FBI sgent Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) is a man driven by vengeance. After his partner, Tom Lone (Terry Chen), and his family fell to bullets fired by infamous hitman Rogue (Jet Li), Crawford makes it his life mission to ferret out the slippery

Jan 1, 2008

$22.4M

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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (50) | DVD (9)

[A] routine crime thriller.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Just as you think to yourself, ''This flick would be way better if it had Van Damme playing twins,'' along comes a plot twist so ingenious that it almost redeems the rest of the flick.

August 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Not so much a narrative as a barrage of violent images designed to beat the brain into abject surrender.

August 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Lacking even the galvanizing action sequences that would have compensated for suffering through its formulaic plot, this is a thoroughly forgettable exploitationer.

August 27, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Pure straight-to-video rope-a-dope.

August 27, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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A needlessly elaborate plot somewhat spoils the pairing of these martial-arts icons, but this sturdy B-movie thriller has enough style to overcome its formulaic trappings.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily
Screendaily

Acaba revelando, em seu ato final, um esforço intrigante para surpreender o espectador, a esta altura, já fomos obrigados a agüentar uma infinidade de diálogos desastrosos e seqüências frouxas de ação e pouco pode ser feito para salvar o filme.

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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October 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

It's inexplicable that the filmmakers haven't given the stars many opportunities to pull out their celebrated skills en route to their inevitable head-on collision.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Considering the extent of action/fight/chase/shootout and stunts, the film seems to drag a bit. But then I like my action films to have good stories and interesting characters.

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

All together now: 'War! Hurgh! What is it it good for?'

October 2, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Badly plotted, poorly directed action flick - it's no surprise this wasn't shown to critics before its release.

September 29, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

War is a big dumb potboiler that manages the almost impossible trick of making explosions, swordfights and car chases actually seem boring.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Like its leading men, War's got a few handy moves up its sleeve, but when the dust-ups clear it emerges underwritten and over-cranked.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Li and Statham (and the audience) deserve better.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

... more proof that bad writing and directing can overwhelm any amount of talent elsewhere.

September 12, 2007

A cliff notes version of an action movie.

September 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

There is a lot of talent in front of the camera in this mess -- Statham, Li, Lone, Aoki, Luis Guzman, Saul Rubinek, and the always cool Sung Kang -- and they are all wasted. Those actors deserve a better movie. So does the audience.

September 1, 2007
Reel.com

First-time feature director Atwell clearly displays skills he picked up directing videos for Eminem and 50 Cent.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The story is threadbare...

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The final cut of the picture looks as though someone pulled it apart in post-production and forgot how the pieces fit. It's not a total mess, but War tends to get dizzy trying to keep the plot afloat.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

[Jet] Li and [Jason] Statham's characters represent respect for life and art; they're also purifying a contaminated genre.

August 30, 2007 | Comment (1)
New York Press

If you want action and a convoluted plot, there's no need to wreak havoc. Let Jason Statham and Jet Li do that for you in "War."

August 29, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for War (Rogue Assassin)

wonderfully entertaining with some solid action sequences. the story holds together ok until the end, but when it falls apart, it crumbles into too many pieces to be of much value.
November 26, 2011
sanjurosamurai
danny d

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This is a very good and slick looking action flick, I thought it was gonna be a silly martial arts fest that goes straight to the video shop, but this is actually really good. It looks great, the action and stunts are gritty, real looking and believeable, unlike alot of Jet Li and Statham films. The plot is abit confusing here and there, lots of twists and revenge battles going on and the ending is alittle flat but the main twist is good. Very high body count and plenty of blood, with some lovely looking car chases for good measure, a surprising thumbs up.
October 24, 2011
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Such a fun and rewarding face off movie between the greatest modern action stars, Jet Li and Jason Statham. It's a lot better than it should be and throws itself into the ranks of Face/Off and Universal Soldier. It's got double crossing, Yakuza assassins, corrupt cops and a lot of one-liners and action. It doesn't have the best ending, which sort've takes away from the rest of the movie. However, it's still really fun and more than you might expect. There's no cheesy elements and it can be taken seriously for the most part. If anything, it's Jet Li and Jason Statham together onscreen.
August 12, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

B-
July 21, 2010
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    1. Jack Crawford: Say you fucking remember blowing my goddamn partner's head off!
    2. Rogue/Victor Shaw: You will only find pain living in the past.
    – Submitted by Wesley W (16 months ago)
    1. Rogue/Victor Shaw: Remember the night we first met.
    2. Jack Crawford: Remember the night you had your face blown off.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Jack Crawford: You can't be him. You don't even sound like him.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Rogue/Victor Shaw: I have no master.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Rogue/Victor Shaw: Why did you do this?
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
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