Written August 26, 2016
This was a movie that I was waiting to see for quite some time now. I have to say that now that I have seen it, I look forward to the Rza learning from this experience and becoming a full fledged director as he is already a prominent name in the music industry. The film reminded me of many of the kung-fu movies that I used to watch on the weekend when I was kid. It didn't try to recreate anything new, just tell a classic story in a different way - and it worked in my opinion. You could tell that the Rza, Eli Roth & Quentin Tarantino had fun with this project - which is a good thing. I feel that the scene transitions could have been a little smoother, as well as a bit more story to flesh out the other clans, the blacksmith and other characters as they were interesting in their own right. Other than that I think that this movie was pretty good. I'm glad that I went out to support. Keep up the good work Rza!
Written December 29, 2014
This is NOT a movie or your girlfriend/Wife! Unless she is a REALLY cool chick! Who like MMA and football and still looks good in heels and a dress. This movie is exactly what you see in the commercials. A modern attempt at something classic from our childhoods. They do it VERY well. The action is very well choreographed and they even managed to make Russel Crowe who, is suffering from the affects of time. As we all do. They also make Rza and Dave Batista look good as well. By no means is Rza an action star but, Batista is a former WWE superstar who must have felt some pressure coming into this project. Yes, the guy is big enough to be his own zip code but, people wanted to see some of what he was known for and, I think they delivered. Overall, what you see is what you get. Its a good, throw back time at the movies and, there were no kids in the crowd.
Written May 27, 2016
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 July 30, 2016
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 26, 2016
I watched the first 30 minutes then I passed out. It has crappy over dramatic since as my bf who stayed awake describes and some horrible acting. I'm not sure of the year it's based in but the music was all rap in today's era which bothered me for some reason. I like rap music, however it didn't fit. If it was supposed to be more of a comedy spoof I didn't catch on. So if you want to see it wait for it to come to dvd, then decide.