The Art of War

 (549)5.71 h 57 min2000X-RayR
Shaw is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation. When a shipping container full of dead Vietnamese refugees turns up on the docks and China's ambassador is gunned down at a dinner celebrating a new trade agreement with China and the US, Shaw is framed for the murder and must evade the FBI and Triad..
Christian Duguay
Wesley SnipesAnne ArcherMaury Chaykin 
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Supporting actors
Donald SutherlandMarie MatikoCary Hiroyuki-TagawaMichael Biehn
Ron Yuan
Warner Bros.
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NosidinoReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Action Film!
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I remember when this was out in theaters but I never got around to seeing it. I'd see the posters advertised in the subways of DC and had wanted to see the film but never did. Part of me is glad I waited because when I saw it Wednesday I can honestly say it was such a joy! It's hard to believe that 20 years have gone by and seeing the World Trade Center so prominently displayed was sad knowing they would be destroyed a year later.

As I watched this film it brought me back to my younger days and the Y2K 1999-2000 Millennium celebrations. I remember being with my Grandparents that night but Neil Shaw, a special operative for the UN SAD is in Hong Kong and filches top secret information from a North Korean general who is also a pedophile. This leads to a whirlwind of events involving assassinations, intrigue and Chinese trade deals (Ironically Something Discussed Today In Real Life). To paraphrase from Leonard Maltin's book: Unexceptional action thriller. Snipes is a secret agent for the UN who's framed for an assassination, so he tries to unsnarl a tangled plot centering on Chinese trade negotiations. Hong Kong-style fights and good cinematography (By Pierre Gill) help, but you've seen it all before (Story Line). I liked the Sun Tzu title. Here is a personal note for the reader. Note in the film Passenger 57 that Wesley Snipe's character, Jake Cutter is reading a copy of that very book The Art of War! I've always wanted to read it and I plan to before I die. Personally I loved this movie and loved the cinematography as well as the aerial photography over New York in 2000 despite sadness at the loss of the Twin Towers a year later. This movie has a fast pace and it keeps you guessing all the time. And the gorgeous sexy Marie Matiko should have become a star. Seeing the legendary James Hong was a true delight as was the appearance of Donald Sutherland. I liked Mike Biehn's bad guy portrayal. He was good as a baddie. Anne Archer was a great villain and her character were to have lived until today, she would been a perfect woman to sabotage Chinese trade deals at the behest of Donald Trump's White House (Hopefully For Not Much Longer After This Year). Buy this DVD and you won't be disappointed. I give it Five Stars. I'm the 212th person to review this film. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.

A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
All about watching Snipes do his thing
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Art Of War was one of those rare times a black male was the lead in a super agent picture. It features Wesley Snipes working for the United Nations of all things. He ends up being chased after he witnesses the assassination of a Chinese diplomat. He gets to do all the usual secret agent things like work undercover, jump off buildings, use guns, etc. The bad guys do their bit as well such as the villain giving a monologue about their plan. Story wise Art of War adds nothing to the spy genre. It’s just about watching Snipes do his thing.
John PettiboneReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars
The True Art of todays Cinema
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After hearing very little about this film other than negative reactions from friends, I bought the DVD, and am thrilled with the film and the pressing. Director Christian Duguay has super charged a sometimes confusing plot with lots and lots of action, gunfire, chases, explosions, you name it - it's here. There is very little "down time" in this movie. The visuals are stunning whether at the very top of a high skyscraper, in a nightclub, or on the street great effort was spent in getting it right. Turn off the sometimes overpowering surround sound and view it once, twice, any number of times for the pure joy of detail, color, and the essence of mood, rain, darkness, it's all there. So the acting at times is stretched, the plot confusing, the visuals are worth the viewing. Actress Marie Matiko (from The Corruptor) breaths fresh life into this film. She is headstrong, determined, vulnerable at times, always moving staying up with the action, creating action and enhancing what is happening to her and around her. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who first came on the scene in a very memorable performance in "The Last Emporer" performs the "perfect" villian, smooth, evil, premeditated, you won't forget him. As to the others I'll let you be the judge. Just order it, play it, study it, and enjoy "The Art of War".
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KatsReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent movie
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Another Wesley Snipes filled with action, twists and intrigues. Completely enjoyed it!
J. SparksReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Best films created for the year 2000
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Well first off let me start by saying I don't care what people say about the movie or Snipes, it was a great movie. For those who think different, they didn't really see the movie or botherd to take a look at the time frame of when it was created. I have seen almost all of Wesley's action films but this one is the best to date next to blade. From the suspence to the martial art action sequences, Snipes delivers. When watching the movie I understood exactly what was going on just by the actions of the characters alone. He worked for the UN and was setup by the UN is the whole story in a nut shell but the trip taking to find out the truth makes the movie worth watching. If your looking for some action that involves a twist of Martial arts and spy technology this is one film to add to your list. I only wish Wesley Snipes can bring that much energy and more in his films over the next few years(if of course he dosen't go to jail).
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Mrs. JulesReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Blade Lover
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Wesley Snipes is amazing... action packed.
Sandy A CruzReviewed in the United States on July 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
good movie
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I love this movie
JUSTINReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2019
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