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War, good for quite a lot in this case
on 13 May 2008
I enjoyed this film. Good fun, a reasonably coherent plot, plenty of action and some nice touches of humour.
I was fearing this would be some sort of straight-to-DVD B-movie with a cheesy plot acting as an excuse for nonsensical action scene after nonsensical action scene, with the only reason it did not go straight to DVD being the names of the actors in it.
Fortunately I was wrong to be afraid. Certainly the film does have its moments of stupidity (for example, the hero gets involved in a gun fight, and proceeds to kill about 10 bad guys single handedly, when 2 minutes previously the entire building was swarming with cops, including his support team, who have all disappeared or gone for a doughnut or something, good gunfight though).
However, for the most part, there is a plot, with a few twists (that I was quite pleased to have guessed early on). It is a good plot, cliched maybe but then again what modern action movie does not contain at least some cliches? The acting is generally of a good standard, especially Jason Statham and Jet Li, who manage to remain credible throughout.
Some great fighting scenes and plenty of action, they even managed to include a car chase with Statham's car looking remarkably like that of Steve McQueen's in Bullitt!
Blu Ray: Excellent Blu Ray picture quality. They clearly shot the film with the HD market in mind. Sound is 5.1 or 7.1 PCM, which is a pity as I can't run 7.1 PCM and I assume neither can many people. Why can't they put a third audio option of DTS on, surely the blu ray format has enough space on it?
Summary: A good fun 80's style action movie with great up to date visuals, recommended to rent and definitely to buy if you like action/fighting movies.