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The Promise (Master of Crimson Armor) (Wu ji) Reviews

May 25, 2006
Has been criticized by some reviewers for its low-tech special effects. Curiously, I found this technical transparency part of the film's enormous charm.
May 5, 2006
Chen Kaige clearly intended this Chinese fantasy-action spectacle to top Zhang Yimou's Hero, and I must admit that I prefer it to the earlier movie.
May 5, 2006
The Promise is too full of frenetic disconnection and arbitrary comings and goings to connect meaningfully with the hearts and minds of its audience.
May 5, 2006
With The Promise Chen Kaige has proven enough of a professional that he can make the product. But he remains too much of an artist not to scribble on his signature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2006
Chen's strength seems to be more with character-driven stories; here's hoping that his next film returns to more comfortable ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
Laden with a plot that could generously be called silly or, less forgivingly, stupid, it never achieves lift-off despite numerous scenes of warriors doing battle in midair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 5, 2006
Simply in terms of its visual poetry, the exhilarating effects of image upon image of dazzling impossibility, The Promise is not to be missed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2006
[The film elicits] the wide-eyed joy of seeing hundreds of soldiers ride through sets of colossal extravagance. And the sweet release of, briefly, suspending all holds on reality or even logic -- and surrendering to the joys of a fairy tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2006
The Promise employs laughable computer effects and second-rate martial-arts fighting to tell the hard-to-figure story of a princess and her three lovers.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/4
May 5, 2006
As is evident by the film's strong start and faltering finale, the trouble with any promise is failing to keep it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2006
In the midst of such unrelenting splendour, it's easy to nod gratefully -- and then to nod off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2006
Much of The Promise resembles a Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, which makes it tough to take seriously.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
The Promise is one of those movies in which the individual sequences seem to surpass the overall achievement.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 5, 2006
Oddly, The Promise -- which takes place hundreds, even thousands, of years ago, when art directors ruled the earth -- is flagrantly otherworldly but in a way that somehow weighs the picture down.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2006
It suggests that talented Chinese directors are being led astray by the seductions of CGI and wirework fantasies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
A mess of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 4, 2006
Fans of newer Asian martial-arts movies will be satisfied with The Promise, especially because it contains the aerial wirework and swordplay expected of such movies. But the film is not as accomplished as the work of Ang Lee or Yimou Zhang.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 4, 2006
A lavish spectacle somewhere between grand opera and cartoon about a love triangle involving a general, a slave and a cursed princess.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 4, 2006
The producers should have allocated part of their huge budget for a couple of script polishes.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 4, 2006
A princess with a curse, a case of mistaken identity and some of the worst special effects in a film by a world-class director.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 4, 2006
The over-the-top acting is forgivable, but the plot's incoherence is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2006
The Promise naturally expresses its mythic qualities through stunning visuals, breathtaking costuming, and a great deal of action, and it adds in Kaige's Ridley Scott-like fondness for vistas full of floating, drifting objects, from feathers to flo
Read More | Original Score: A
May 3, 2006
I can't imagine Road Runner was what Chen had in mind for the most expensive movie ever made in China...
Read More | Original Score: C
May 2, 2006
You can't help wondering how the same Fifth Gen filmmaker who made Yellow Earth and Life on a String could've fallen on such hard times, or justified such goofiness to himself.
May 2, 2006
A heady blend of swordplay, somersaults, fairy-tale romance, and computer-generated whoosh.
January 5, 2006
It's a knockout that works on many levels.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 3, 2006
Poor CG effects reduce Chen Kaige's martial fantasy to cartoonishness.
January 3, 2006
Even in fantasy, an internal logic must apply.
January 3, 2006
The story it tells, measured strictly in terms of emotional power and overall fun, is as moving and pleasurable as any matinee item by Ford, Hawks or Raoul Walsh.