Written September 02, 2014
These days, action movies of all types strive to have as much realism and logic as possible. The RZA, the star and director of this film, combines fantasy, philosophy, imagination, and incredible action choreography in this movie. What a lot of reviewers are missing is that the plot isn't supposed to be some complex story, this is a film that pays homage to the old martial arts/kung-fu movies that had very little story line but made sure the action sequences and creativity were alive. RZA's storyline for this makes enough sense for the movie to work and for the audience to appreciate the action sequences. The acting is great by all of the actors/actresses for what the movie is. I personally think that RZA, Russell Crowe, and Lucy Lui brought their A-game. RZA also injects modern aspects into the movie like the soundtrack, certain weaponry, and a couple other things. It doesn't diminish the movie though. I predict this will be a cult classic someday. Not a kids movie but a great film.
Written May 25, 2015
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 October 07, 2015
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 May 28, 2016
Vary graphic with visual effects but they were good! The short scenes that protrayed each clan could of been more elaborate. They could of gotten rid of all the hip-hop music for the movie. This movie is not for children! The movie was to short. Overall, I would rate this movie as a GO.
Written November 29, 2015
If you are a fan of the old school kung fu movies you will love this movie. The cast was great and the movie was full of action. I would reccomend it to anyone who is a fan of action films and not afraid of a little blood and gore. I was not disappointed with this movie, but not for young kids.