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The Four Reviews

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December 23, 2015
if u liked 'tai chi zero' amd I really did you'll like this first part of a trilogy epic period pic marshal arts film the 4 refers to 4 legendary detectibes each with supernatural powers. good actioner
September 20, 2015
X-Men? LOTR? Wolfman?
Plus one sloppy screenplay to drag into part 2.
January 25, 2015
if you liked "Gallowwalkers", you'll love this :)
½ January 6, 2015
The Four is a living breathing comic book brought to live action. Based on a supernatural mystery zombie art novel, The Four tells the story of four powerful warriors, part of the King's special task force called the Divine Constabulary. They must work hand in hand with the competitive Department Six, to stop a counterfeiting ring by a diabolical fire and ice wielding supervillain.

As an investigative thriller, The Four fails. In fact, most of this movie is recruiting new characters X-Men style and trying to keep up with the confusing plot. There is very little action in the first half, but the climax pretty much makes up for the lack of everything else.

In the grand and explosive finale, The Four finally get to use their martial arts skills. They take on a small army of resurrected ice zombie fighters and the villain of the movie. In a giant and visual effects extravaganza, they punch, kick, throw shurikens, and use all their combined powers for one hell of an entertaining end to the movie.

Only the first of an intended trilogy, The Four is decent escapist entertainment and is worth viewing for the climax alone. Getting there is another matter entirely.
November 29, 2014
First movie had lots of action and laughs. But the second and third one had slow plots and I slept through both the 2nd and 3rd films
August 28, 2014
a cool premise and good fighting however, this movie was constrained from reaching its full potential by a short running time
½ August 28, 2014
This movie had a lot of potential to be a kick-ass action flick -- but quickly bores you with its confusing/un-engaging plot and characters. It's like a bad kung-fu ripoff of X-Men (complete with wheelchair-bound psychic). The bad guy looks identical to several "good guys", leaving you confused and unsure who to root for. The fight scenes are almost awesome, but ultimately feel cheesy and forced.
½ June 2, 2014
I really liked the first one, a pure entertainment costumed X-Men Gong Fu romp. The sequel has, unfortunately, many problem of pacing, and only the last act is the luvely run I expected. Two hands directing it: dare I say, you see it clearly?
April 25, 2014
There are a lot of things to like about this movie, the cinematography was first rate, the locales were beautiful, the action scenes were very well done, the acting was not enjoyable martial arts/fantasy movie and as already reported, this movie is now the first part of a trilogy, and that the sequels have already begun shooting....
January 19, 2014
What's scarier than a Werewolf? A Werewolf with a sword and knows martial arts! That's not just what this movie is about...but isn't that enough for you?
½ October 19, 2013
Cool fight scenes, but the plot was hard to follow, and too much magic was used.
October 19, 2013
The story can be interesting but it doesn't take 2 hrs! Too long and too boring, I was expecting more action but all I got was talk talk talk! Didn't quite get the mark even with such a good cast and acting.
June 25, 2013
The overuse of wirework, cgi, and way to many characters who dress the same to keep track of what the hell is going on......annndddddd GO!
½ June 18, 2013
Sort of like a wuxia Avengers. A superhero team goes up against a supervillain who controls a company of dead warriors. With the person in a wheelchair (complete with X wheels) that can read minds maybe it's more like X-Men. In any case, it's a fun martial arts take on the super power team theme. Gordon Chan's best film since Fist of Legend.
½ December 2, 2012
CSI mixed with X-Men type of movie. Didn't work.
Super Reviewer
November 15, 2012
Apparently, it takes two to direct The Four; however, both Gordan Chan and Janet Chun can't put together a masterpiece of any kind.For an investigative type of story, The Four requires attention to keep from getting lost. It isn't so much for the twists and turns, but more because of the less than stellar storytelling. From the get go, there are a number of characters to keep track of and there aren't enough plot details to help along the way. Things do eventually stabilize though.Regarding the characters in this picture, the action becomes a bit of letdown. It has its moments, but there is definitely room for more. The use of CG is also decent, with maybe a little overuse.Deng Chao's flat performance and character hurts this film a lot. Thankfully, Ronald Cheng is there to liven things up. Yifei Liu also ends up with an emotionless character, but she is more tolerable than Deng Chao. Besides, she ends up with the best fight of the picture.The Four isn't a bad film by any means. It does have its disappointments, but it also has a good enough story, characters, and action.
September 10, 2012
The idea of imitating X-Men in a Chinese wuxia context is interesting enough, but the lackluster storytelling and the wrong focus on the confusing and weepy "love triangle" (instead of each character, which desperately need background build-up and personality differentiation) almost killed the film for good. Hope the sequel will be better, which is not a difficult task considering the quality of the its predecessor :))
½ August 28, 2012
Hongkong X-Men wannabee, expect sequels...
August 8, 2012
Ostensibly adapted from a wuxia novel, this is really an obvious attempt by HK's Gordon Chan to make a Chinese version of X-Men. While visually it delivers, the storytelling is sloppy, with a narrative that is neither credible nor engaging. This is a pity as it had the potential to be more than just the mildly pleasant, vacuous film experience it ended up being.
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