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 February 14, 2016
Kind of painful to watch at times, not for the action but the terrible dialog and acting. Half of those guys looked like Marty Stewart on crack. Not really even a good rental. Save your money and time wasted watching this screwed up mess.
How Russell Crowe can go from "Beautiful Mind" "Gladiator" "310 to Yuma" ETC to this total mess is beyond me? I guess a payday??
Written February 13, 2016
Terrible, completely predictable, and just plain dumb. What's with Quentin Tarantino? His movies are either really great or really suck and you never know which your going to get until you see it.
Written August 04, 2015
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 13, 2015
The movie had an alright story line. The fight scenes were not all that good as I expected. Action sequences are pretty much nothing anyone has ever seen before. All of them seemed quite similar if not, identical to Kill Bill. I judge movies by what I've never seen before. Some parts of the movie were just too confusing and I could not figure out why or how it got to that part but, whatever. I am a lover of kung fu and a practitioner as well and I think that there could have been much more to this than what it is now. Overall, I do not consider this to be a flop at all, after all, this is much better than what I can say about the other rapper's films that do not even come close to this movie. This is a better quality than I could ever say about Master P's sucky ***films that were low budget like a mutha f***a. Creative and imaginative. Please don't make the next movie to be like Kill Bill. Be different than what everyone else has out there.