Written December 22, 2014
Wu-Tang staple and wuxia film affecionado RZA delivers probably one of the most over the top and fun films I have seen this year. The Man With The Iron Fists gives the moviegoers who are unfamiliar with the classic kung-fu films of the 60s and 70s an action packed look at the world the iconic studio portrayed in their golden days. This is a passion project to its core. RZA puts great effort in paying homage to the films that greatly influenced Wu-Tang's sound and culture. Everyone involved in this film were clearly having fun with their respective roles, especially Russell Crowe as Jack Knife and Byron Mann as the traitorous Silver Lion. The cast boasts some very notable wuxia actors, including the legendary Gordon Liu as the Abbott. Another notable aspect of this film is the soundtrack. The music ranged from the traditional 70s music, with slick guitar riffs and orchestral flares to hip-hop. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves wuxia films or films in general.
Written September 04, 2015
Funny movie, glad it had a plot you could follow. There was a lot of blood too. It was kind of like a "spoof" movie. Not for young kids.
Written May 05, 2016
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 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 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??