The Warrior's Way (2010)
Critic Consensus: Perfectly, thoroughly divisive, The Warrior's Way will either be delightful or unbearable, depending on your tolerance for surreal, shamelessly over the top collisions of eastern and western clichés.
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While the movie seems designed to be a breakout for Jang, it's Lee whose work actually makes an impression. You guess he'll be back - hopefully, playing it straight next time.
The film's details suggest potential for a lively, bizarre, action-comedy cult classic. It just never comes together the way it needs to.
The ingredients here congeal into a gooey mess that is not without amusing moments.
The Warrior's Way never achieves awesomeness, mostly because it never fully embraces its elementary-school playground aesthetic.
To damn his agreeable campfest with faint praise, The Warrior's Way is easily the best circus-themed, martial-arts-heavy action-comedy oater of the year.
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Well made, great visuals and action scenes but all in all an average movie, let down by it's less than great direction.
The Warrior's Way is a starting point for director Sngmoo Lee, which does contain some firm pieces, along with others that are not-so-solid.
Part Asian martial arts and part western are what elements this film chooses to blend for its story. To some extent, it does work. Partially because of its single circus western setting and partially because swordplay and guns make for a good time.
The plot is simple with some decent enough characters to go around. There is a large amount of CG, especially when it comes to the backdrops, and to be honest there is room for improvement. The swordplay is highly stylized with maybe a bit much in the way of slow motion and kills that are rather quick.
Dong-gun Jang is emotionless, which matches the persona of a silent assassin, but it does lower the liveliness of the picture. On the other hand, Kate Bosworth does tend to pick that up. Danny Huston and Geoffrey Rush exhibit some good supporting performances.
The Warrior's Way isn't the talk of the town. It's more of a film that just passes through.
Hmm Ninjas Vs Cowboys may as well be the title. Visually very impressive and stylized. Think Sky Captain, 300 meets Crouching Tiger for a slick look. Unfortunately despite a good cast it lacks any punch! The type of story done too many times before. Sadly the action scenes look pretty but have very little action! A real missed opportunity with a better story and longer action scenes it could have been a cult hit.
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