Written November 16, 2012
This is, by far, among the worst movies commercially released to the domestic market this year, and I've seen hundreds. Do not be fooled by the talent billing. A good bet would be if it were even a remote possibility, they'd one or all buy this movie and destroy it, rather than have anyone see such a bad example of their work. This dismal waste of millions of dollars masquerading as a commercial entertainment product can only be blamed on its producers, since there are no other notable personal contributions elsewhere, including set decoration. Save your money. This one's so awful, it makes last year’s “Conan” re-release look Oscar worthy.
Written November 03, 2012
it was okay. the script was elementary. to much sex and blood. really did not capture all the essence of the old kung fu movies. kind of added twist of comic book style. to many scenes that really did not capture the martial art movements you could not really see the moves. i would wait for the dvd. i started yawning half way into the movie and some people left out of the theater. It was an okay movie could have been better. I give mad props to Rza though. Practice makes perfect.
Written November 04, 2012
Story was slow to develop- and was hard to stay awake at times -
Martal Arts action was above average - but special effects were laughable at times.
Performances of key actors was below expectations - and they seemed uncomfortable in their roles at times - or tried to hard to be believable - but were not.
Written November 05, 2012
The movie plays things relatively straight, acknowledging clichés without the winking irony in which modern homages usually indulge. As such, it’s giddy fun — a well-made genre picture that sends up its influences even as it clearly reveres them.
Cory Yuen’s wirework choreography is consistently creative, the swift pacing—propelled by RZA’s score—masks an underdeveloped plot, and even Russel Crowe seems to be enjoying himself for the first time in years.
You’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting something other than a gonzo, ultra-violent throwback spectacle. But anyone who’s sat through enough of those knows that it’s no small accomplishment to make exploitation that’s actually entertaining.
Like I said, if you enjoy Saturday Afternoon Kung Foo Theater then this movie is a must-go!!
Written November 03, 2012
The story was eh...the acting was eh...the effects were nice, and overall for his directorial debut, it was a good first try. Will it be an oscar contender no, but I'm willing to bet my shoe collection it will be a cult classic. My only regret is that we went to an overpriced "deluxe" theater...!