Written August 30, 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.
Written November 04, 2012
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.
Written September 30, 2014
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 September 17, 2014
If you have been a Wu Tang fan you will love it, if you watched the old martial arts movies you will get it, if you want to see Russel Crowe having a lot of fun in a role he would'nt normally do, you will enjoy it. A lot of humor, a lot of blood, hot chicks and great fight scenes. Dope.
Written September 01, 2014
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.