Mar 12, 2010
It's like the most complicated game of Stratego ever. Still, if you used to while away Saturday afternoons watching martial arts epics on cable, you'll have a good time.
Nov 25, 2009
I left the movie thinking, "Wow, those were some really good formations those soldiers invented. Who were they again, anyway?"
Nov 24, 2009
It's almost 2 1/2 hours, and too much is corny, cramped, and vague.
Nov 19, 2009
Woo had the chance of a lifetime ... to film one of the greatest Chinese stories, and blew it by tinkering with it so much that not only is it no longer the story many of us know and love, it's also a version that can't even be considered on par.
Nov 19, 2009
Mr. Woo, who can make romantic poetry out of a battle among 20 men in the confines of a teahouse, seems defeated, or at least defused, by this increase in scale.
Nov 16, 2009
The characters function less as flesh-and-blood figures than obtuse archetypes. They look and act as if they know they belong in an epic.
Nov 15, 2009
The film's shortcomings have less to do with Woo's orchestration of his ambitious tale and more to do with the Frankenstein hatchet job enacted against it.
Jul 24, 2009
[Woo] pulls out all the stops to recreate extensive battle scenes with high spectacle impact, but fails to capture the nuance and personal touch of his early action films.
Jul 23, 2009
John Woo's original two part epic telling of an ancient Chinese battle tale is amalgamated and cut to create a stylised but characterless piece with some spectacular fighting scenes.
Jun 12, 2009
A bloodthirsty costume epic directed for maximum gruesomeness.