Written September 01, 2014
It's possible I was expecting a Kill Bill, but the truth is that I thought this movie was rather bland. I had fun watching it but there are some major flaws: characters are all under-developed, the plot seems half-baked, and the music selection wasn't appropriate. I get that movie styles are in flux and so things are always changing to match current trends, but rap music as a back-drop to a Chinese Kung-Fu fantasy is overwhelming. There is so much going on visually that you fight to focus over the rap. I never grew to like any of the large of amount of characters. Lucy Liu is great, Bautista is surprisingly in sync and Russell Crowe is great as always. Beyond the beauty of all the scenery and costumes, which are phenomenal, it's difficult to get over the lack of a tangible story. Even the love interests feel hollow and unfinished.
Don't go for a compelling, dramatic story. Go for the amazing fight scenes, fun special effects and crazy action. Just don't look under the veneer.
Written September 27, 2014
Going into this movie I had high expectation, so I probably set myself up for a big let down. The story has a simple enough premise, but when you watch it unfold you find yourself wondering what the hell is going on. Even though the action is there it doesn't come across as exciting, as most scenes leave you bored and looking at your watch. The one saving grace of this movie is Russell Crowe, who gives a great performance and his presence onscreen makes every other cast member look like amateurs. The ending has it's fair share of action but again lacks substance and seems to end right after the big fight scene. I'm sure teenagers and early 20-something year olds will enjoy this one more than anyone over the age of 30. RZA gives it his all but should stick with what he still excels at, which is present in the end as the credits roll and his new track plays.
Written August 27, 2014
If you were a fan of sat am kung fu movies, you MUST GO to see this movie. I thought that RZa did an excelelnt job, some great scenes - some action , some comedy, i think you will enjoy it!!!
Written October 27, 2014
This movie is like watching a Chinese movie, only that the characters are speaking English and not dubbed. LOL... RZA can't act, but I give him credit for trying.
Written October 25, 2014
I really liked this movie considering there was so much blood....Grandma's are really not into bloody action movies...but, I liked how all the characters were very interesting and well played. I was truely amazed at this movie. I would go see it again.