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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
When i first heard about this, i was expecting an alright movie, but what i saw was a great movie complete with great stunt work. Movie is worth seeing for both the glue scene and the fight scenes at the end.

The extras at the end include the music video(s) to the movie, one of them is in Cantonese and the other is the "International" version which is the...
Published on 8 Jan 2008 by J. Richards

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Jackie Chan's better recent efforts
The Myth initially feels like Jackie Chan is reinventing his Armour of God movies just as he reinvented the Police Story series, with a slightly darker tone. The film's two plot strands aren't always as complimentary as they could be, with the historical backstory of Chan's general falling in love with the Emperor's latest concubine far more interesting than the...
Published on 15 July 2009 by Trevor Willsmer


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Jackie Chan's better recent efforts, 15 July 2009
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Myth [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The Myth initially feels like Jackie Chan is reinventing his Armour of God movies just as he reinvented the Police Story series, with a slightly darker tone. The film's two plot strands aren't always as complimentary as they could be, with the historical backstory of Chan's general falling in love with the Emperor's latest concubine far more interesting than the modern-day adventurer Chan's efforts to uncover their secret. It's not always successful, not least because of some poorly timed CGI, but it does offer an enjoyable fight on a glue factory assembly line that plays out like a demented version of twister and a spectacular battle scene (Stanley Tong is clearly a fan of Anthony Mann, copying several set-ups from The Fall of the Roman Empire) en route to the finale. And the last half hour is impressive stuff, be it a surprisingly bloody (for Chan) one-against-all battle that sees him fighting atop a mountain of corpses or the scenes in a giant weightless mausoleum that make imaginative use of superior wire work and which do carry a sense of wonder to them.

The two-disc UK set is the uncut two-hour version (the US disc from Sony is quite heavily cut) and includes a good selection of extras - two very brief deleted scenes, interviews, trailer, music video, making of documentary, several featurettes and behind the scenes footage among them - but for some reason doesn't include the audio commentary from the Hong Kong DVD (which surprisingly has English subtitles for both the extras as well as the feature itself). As noted elsewhere, the subtitles on the Cantonese version also include the English dialogue as well, though with Chan's English accent that's not always a bad thing. The UK DVD also includes an English language dub which may be the first time someone has realised it's a better idea to hire an actor of Chinese origin to dub Chan rather than a generic American voice artist!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good, 8 Jan 2008
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J. Richards "The Icon" (Caldicot, South Wales) - See all my reviews
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When i first heard about this, i was expecting an alright movie, but what i saw was a great movie complete with great stunt work. Movie is worth seeing for both the glue scene and the fight scenes at the end.

The extras at the end include the music video(s) to the movie, one of them is in Cantonese and the other is the "International" version which is the version of the song that is used in the movie.

This movie is well worth seeing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy but enjoyable, subtitles annoying though..., 2 Jun 2009
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M. Jump "party marty" (Torpoint , Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Myth [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
This recent Chan film takes place both in a familiar modern day setting, with Chan's usually acrobatic prop using fight style, and in a mystical past reminiscent Zhang Zimous films (Hero, House of Flying Daggers). The towo plots interplay with some skillfully done visual transitions. Its the modern setting that most reminds me of Chans heyday, a short battle in a tomb could be straight out of the Armour of God films, and a glue factory battle which is pretty clever. The fun of these parts dont fit too well with the legendary epic feel of the ancient scenes, but these show a glimpse of Chans acting potential. The feel is of two halfs of different movies unfortunately. These too styles come together fairly vaguely at the climax, in an enjoyable film that you should like if youre expectations are not too massive. Its far better than the Medallion and Ruch Hour 3, I rate it at about Forbidden Kingdom.

The DVD is pretty good and cine asia has the look of quality seen in the incredible and sadly defunct Hong Kong Legends products. My major gripe is that the film is in Chinese but with a fairly hefty chunk of English, one good ten minutes sectipn at least, and the DVD subtitles the English rather than being blank during these parts. I found this highly distracting and a little sloppy in the DVD makers part.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Memorable for the rat glue factory scene, 14 Dec 2007
Worth seeing the movie just even for the rat glue factory scene. It's a wonderful Jackie Chan physical comedy combined with a really nice striptease from the super hot Indian actress, Mallika Sherawat. Sure to become a classic scene.

The rest of the movie constitutes of a historical "Hero" like war martial art action with some modern Jackie Chan slapstick. The plot is very tenuous and was probably written after someone wanted a story with Chinese history combined with a modern drive towards the nascent Chinese scientific and technological resurgence.

Jackie Chan plays an Indiana Jones like archaeologist which spirals into a Lara Croft style adventure of finding very strange but mindbogglingly powerful things. Meanwhile a very hazy parallel story runs of a concubine who falls for a general played by Jackie Chan a few hundreds years in the past. There is anti-gravity devices and immortality pills thrown in as well.

Though it does get really cheesy and maudlin at times, it's a really fun movie to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Jackie Chan's better recent efforts, 21 Nov 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The Myth initially feels like Jackie Chan is reinventing his Armour of God movies just as he recently reinvented the Police Story series, with a slightly darker tone. The film's two plot strands aren't always as complimentary as they could be, with the historical backstory of Chan's general falling in love with the Emperor's latest concubine far more interesting than the modern-day adventurer Chan's efforts to uncover their secret. It's not always successful, not least because of some poorly timed CGI, but it does offer an enjoyable fight on a glue factory assembly line that plays out like a demented version of twister and a spectacular battle scene (Stanley Tong is clearly a fan of Anthony Mann, copying several set-ups from The Fall of the Roman Empire) en route to the finale. And the last half hour is impressive stuff, be it a surprisingly bloody (for Chan) one-against-all battle that sees him fighting atop a mountain of corpses or the scenes in a giant weightless mausoleum that make imaginative use of superior wire work and which do carry a sense of wonder to them.

Surprisingly, the extras on this Asian 2-disc set are all subtitled in English, including the audio commentary. Also included are two deleted scenes (though not the uncompleted tiger chase sequence), a 15-minute making of, several on-set featurettes, music video and a selection of trailers and TV spots.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-Ray - slight flaws!, 28 Jan 2010
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Overall a great title with lots of special features included on the disc. Nonetheless one little flaw. In some fight scenes the aspect ratio seems not to be correct, resulting in funny "egg-headed" actors. This is not a defect on the Blu-ray itself, but a mistake made during the mastering of the source material. The same "error" was already present on the DVD-version of the movie.
Aside from this slight issue, a wonderful movie, with a really beautiful multi-national Asian cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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Does exactly what it's needed to do,
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 5 July 2014
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Jackie chan what more could you ask for
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Myth., 18 April 2014
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For me this is one of Jackie Chans best. Its a great story, a little sad but compelling. It shows what a great actor Jackie is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie back to his best, 11 Jun 2013
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As a fan of Jackie Chan from his early classics ( Snake in Eagles Shadow and Drunken Master ) through some of his more lamentable attempts ( The Tuxedo and The Medallion ) i can say that this film is up there with some of his best work. The story jumps from ancient times to the present as Jackie's character is an archaeologist in the present but a great General in a past life and tells the tale of a love across the ages. No i am not going soft in my old age but this is a great film, subtitles aside, some of the action from the Qin Dynasty is outstanding and although the present day part of the story is a bit hard to follow the fight scenes from ancient china are superb. A must see film for any Jackie Chan enthusiast.
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