War of the Arrows (Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon) (2011)
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Critic Reviews for War of the Arrows (Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon)
Combines the visual splendour and historical drama of Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins with the unrelenting second-half intensity of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.
Audience Reviews for War of the Arrows (Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon)
Moving story, gripping action but pretty formulaic. Good fun for the family compared to Battle Royale...
Good action sequences, shallow characters. At times it feels like a K-Drama. Not bad to kill 2 hours, nothing more.
Our fable is set during the second Manchurian invasion of Korea in the 17th century, but you'd never get any of that by watching this movie. Superficial tale is more concerned with endless POV shots of flying arrows in slow motion going back and forth in a display of archery prowess. There is scant historical context or even dialogue for that matter to give depth to the narrative. Even the romantic subplot is forgettable. I suppose there's drama in cheering a single man going on the offensive armed with nothing more than a bow and arrow. There's a few mildly interesting battle sequences, but none of them rise above the action of a decent TV show. At one point we are introduced to Jyu Shin-Ta, the leader of Qing Dynasty's troop. At least he gives a human face to the enemy that solicits some much needed excitement. Unfortunately it's too little, too late. Only in the final confrontation do we truly get the emotional connection the story lacks. I dare say there's more character development in the animated Kung Fu Panda. fastfilmreviews.wordpress.com
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