Written April 28, 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 23, 2015
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...!
Written October 25, 2014
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.
Written May 25, 2015
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 December 20, 2014
I was amazed how well the RZA put things together. It was a great experience to see somewhat of a twist to a Hong Kong cinema film with him being the lead antagonist. The music was amazing and all the actors and actress all get their time to shine. My only thought about this movie was the the fight scenes tend to cut away during an impact of a kick or punch, so you kind don't feel the landing of the attack at times but don't let that stop you. The Man With The Iron Fists is a great movie for any Martial Arts lover and a fan of Hong Kong cinema mixed with Urban Hip Hop. Thank you RZA for adding a new genre to to Martial Art films now.