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½ October 30, 2016
This is a mixed bag of a film, but I thought it was probably the most clever of the Hollywood approximations of a Hong Kong martial arts wire work action film. Most Hollywood incarnations were straight up American action films genres, like police, crime or sci-fi stories, but this one took Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers" and then peppered the oft told tale with some terrific martial arts action sequences. The film's final sequence that takes place in a warehouse full of ladders is straight out of "Once Upon a Time in China" and is a whole lot of fun. There's a swashbuckling element to many Hong Kong martial arts films, but I think this is the first straight up swashbuckler film to embrace that. Also going for this film is that it was directed by Peter Hyams, who I've always liked and felt was an underrated director, whether he's directing a classy sci-fi film with Sean Connery or directing a cheesy Jean Claude Van Damme Die Hard ripoff, he always brings style and class to his films. I also always liked that long before Robert Rodrigues came along, Hyams was also pulling double duty as director and director of photography. The film also boasts a strong cast that includes Catherine Deneuve, Mena Survari, Stephen Rea, Tim Roth, and Justin Chambers in the lead as D'Artagnan. On the downside, this film has quite a bit of dull exposition between action sequences and doesn't really develop any of the characters otuside of D'Artagnan. Watch this one for the action and not the story.
½ August 18, 2016
Some flashy sword fighting, but it feels completely disconnected from Dumas' story. You will barely notice the presence of the Musketeers. The plot really needed some work. (First and only full viewing - 8/18/2016)
April 16, 2016
Fun Action from a different point of view
April 8, 2015
Light hearted adaptation of Dumas' classic tale with some of the best sword fighting in any period piece you'll find. A fine way to spend an evening or afternoon.
February 2, 2015
I loved the fight scenes! Props to the choerographer :) Justin Cambers, Tim Roth and Mena Suvari were great in this :) Jutstin Chambers accent jumped around a lot though :\ Tim Roth was so evil in this! Aramis and Porthos were hilarious xD
½ December 2, 2014
Great fight scenes. Cool movie
November 30, 2014
Bravo aux scenes de combat
November 13, 2014
The action sequences are breathtaking, but the story is far too clique, and the movie is also disjointed. 42/100
½ October 19, 2014
Just awful. Should not have been made
August 12, 2014
The fight scenes weren't too bad but not spectacular. Stephen Rea was given no to chance to act by the screenplay. Tim Roth was a good villain, as usual, but the rest of the acting was laughably bad. The Michael York/Charelton Heston version is still the best and it was funny on purpose.
July 20, 2014
I watched this movie again tonight after seeing it again I feel in love with the action all over again
it is really really good
xin xin xiong is a bad ass stunt choreographer
the ladder fight is totally worth the purchase or rental of this movie
½ January 27, 2014
Neat production values and some interesting kung-fu/swashbuckling set pieces aside, this is a dull, lackluster version of the classic tale. Flat performances all around, with Stephen Rea as Richeleu in particular seemingly always monotone, under thin characters and a plot that oversimplifies the story and makes the other Musketeers almost redundant. Icing on the cake is an utterly generic score from David Arnold that doesn't do much adrenaline pumping.
January 14, 2014
Right from the start let me get something very clear. This kind of films are hard to criticize because they try to do new with old stuff. In one way it's a good thing because most of the time nothing is really new we just give a new version or a new interpretation of things. This film never claims to be a history tale or even a period drama. It's a pure action flick with amazing stunts & really well shot battle scenes set in the 16th century during the Musketeer time. Of course it's dumb as fuck but who cares everyone looks pretty , the fights are perfectly well choreographed by Xin xin Xiong & the cast seem to have the time of their life working on such a highly enjoyable guilty pleasure. As an audience let's face it we all love a good old anything goes type of entertainment.... and in it's category this one succeeds extraordinarily!
½ December 19, 2013
This is an almost enjoyably stupid film, dull acting, lame story, and over the top actions scenes. Sadly nothing in it leaves any enjoyable impressions.
November 3, 2013
What's with the lead? The chemistry between the protagonist couple is barely existent! Fight scenes are more than decent, though.
½ July 12, 2013
I really enjoyed this movie!!! Good acting and good action sequences!!
½ July 7, 2013
The characters and story in this next Three Musketeer adaptation are so dead.
July 5, 2013
"The classic tale as you've never seen it before.."
April 23, 2013
when will people learn that remaking this movie 10,000 times is way too much! should have called it D'artagnan
April 17, 2013
Directed by Peter Hyams (Capricorn One (1978), Outland (1981) and 2010 (1984)), this was an attempt to re-imagine and re-market The Three Musketeers towards a younger market, focusing more on D'Artagnan . It doesn't really work, and it's even more dumbed down than Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers (2011) would end up being, (if that was possible), and this adds kung fu action, which looks good but is jarring. In 17th Century France, hotheaded young swordsman D'Artagnan (Justin Chambers) goes out seeking revenge against Ferbe (Tim Roth), who killed his parents. He heads to Paris in the hope of becoming a Musketeer, so he can get close to Ferbe, however, the Musketeers were disbanded by Cardinal Richilieu (Stephen Rea), but he finds Aramis (Nick Moran), Athos (Jan Gregor Kremp) and Porthos (Steve Speirs), and joins them. No sooner than he's with them and they get involved in a plot which involves an attempted assassination of the Queen of France (Catherine Deneuve), so that a war can be started between France and England, of which Ferbe is a part of. It is a very silly film, and you can see that Hyams paid extra special attention to the costumes, the production design and especially the kung-fu action, trouble is, he forgot to pay attention to the story, and everyone acting is chewing the scenery as if they're ravenous.
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