Da 5 Bloods
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I May Destroy You
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The story is no more intricate than your average martial arts movie but the action is leaps and bounds better than most. The action is on the level of the Raid films as it should be as it shares much of the same cast. At times the action takes a back seat to the amount of blood and gore. The action is either expertly choreographed or fantastically brutal. Julie Estelle nearly steals the show.
Larson as well as her supporting cast are excellent. This is an origin story but may be the most creative structure in an origin story that Iâ(TM)ve seen. This film has some very powerful moments and hits the right amount of emotion that Marvel is known for.
There are problems, particularly in the editing of any hand to hand action scenes but sadly that is common within the MCU films.
I was drawn to this movie as a martial arts fan when I saw Iko Uwais. While Iko's choreography and intensity is at its max someone behind the scenes failed to cooporate and capture any of it. Every fight scene is so shaky and zoomed in that the action happening is either too shaky or not even on screen. Peter Berg says he knew he needed Uwais when he saw the Raid films but he failed to learn any lessons that the raid director Gareth Evans taught with those films.
Even during the shootouts in the street or in buildings aren't set up with any semblance of where anything is. At moments you know where our main characters sit but not where any threats are, we just know that they are there.
I'm a huge Scott adkins Fan but I am always willing to admit when he misses. This is not one of those movies. This is one of my favorite Scott Adkins films. The narrative may not be the best at times and maybe the performances aren't oscar worthy, but we came for the action and martial arts. This is some of the best we're going to get. Adkins is always at his best when doing action and Isaac Florentine is one of the best low budget action directors working today.