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Best movie of 2012, period! Yes, even better than The FP. Coscarelli and Wong managed to give me, the audience, something I have been badly craving all year. Maybe even for several years. You know what that is? A movie where I don't know what's going to happen next? A movie that's actually original. I don't think it's accidental that the most unpredictable movie of the year has a title that tells you what will happen in the end. I loved the cheesiness of the special effects as well which make the movie feel like it time warped out of the early nineties and straight into my heart. The movie is actually pretty funny as well, so what more could you ask for? People should watch this film - "That door cannot be opened!"
This was probably my second most highest anticipated film of 2012 (first being Les Mis). RZA is the shit. Tarentino is the Shit. Kung-Fu movies are the shit!!
Well it's really only my intense and undernourished love for Kung-Fu movies that allows me to even rate this as a 3 star film. Certainly it would not make my top 10 kung fu movies of all time. If you don't love Kung-Fu as a genre, then I would suggest don't even watch this movie, hyped as it is. Normally it doesn't matter what a movie is about, if the cast is good, and this movie has a good cast, I can enjoy it. But this isn't that kind of Film. Russel Crow is pretty good in it but he doesn't really save it. The movie is bad in many ways. I wonder what the movie would have been like if Tarentino directed it.
Some people have complained about the use of wires, blood, and disjointed plot. Honestly, if you complain about these types of things, you are not a fan of true 70's Kung-Fu and are failling to appreciate that this film is first and foremost, an homage. It is actually a good homage so I have no problems giving it three stars, it's just a shame it can't also stand on it's own as a great kung fu movie, you know, the kind where you actually feel the slightest emotional investment in at least one of the characters.
I expected a bit more from this film but in the end I think "just slightly above average" is an accurate rating.
It starts off great and actually I thought the ending was quite good as well. Unfortunately it muddles through the middle part with some really bad action scenes, particular the whole scene where they are running through the jungle and fighting the army. Take the situation where they go back to the village to rescue all the hostages, for example. Anybody who's played any FPS game knows you have to take out those soldiers with quick burst fire headshots, tactical and precise. You can't spray n' sway your m4 like you're Rambo and perfectly hit all the targets while avoiding a bunch of civilians.
The movie is also a bit of a letdown performance wise. I can't say the cast did a bad job, but I can't say they did a memorable job either, and that's a shame. Kim Coates played it too safe in my opinion. I love that guy since he's reppin' Saskatchewan and I want to see him become a big star but he's gonna have to try harder. Forrest Whitaker pretty much phoned it in as well tho so what can you do?
Worth the watch but don't expect to have your mind blown.