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Performances were good. Photography, editing, everything was done to a very high level except for the over-reliance on too-easily-recognizable CGI. The film's biggest problem, though, is the failure to fully commit. There's a very strong Stephen Chow influence, with a very light-hearted style of stroy-telling. At least, I think that's what they're going for but it's like the director/screenwriter don't really know when to be light-hearted and when to be serious and sentimental. Also, unlike movies such as Kung Fu Hustle, almoat none of the martial arts action is real. It's superhuman god-like stuff that's obviously CGI and a lot of it isn't that artful.
Five stars across the barbie board of paradox.and cinematic genius..OFF THE SCALE IN EVERY CATAGORY AND A WILD BUT TASTEFUL WOODEN ROLLERCOASTER RIDE POLISHED POWERFUL DEEP AS THE DALI LAMA tasteful meets Lao Tsu meets magnificent seven meets FACEBOOK cute puppy meets ghost mountain riders chapter of benevolent order of"clamper"s meets seven assassins meets cutest infant gurgling girl that fascinates and is fascinated by cherry blossom petals alighted on breeze born of tasteful blood plumbs of her slaughtered last remaining members of her clan meets ocean passage on a steel hulled sailing steamer meets iconic master of masters and most loved trainer of the "worlds bests swordsman" with a well timed and cute"ever" tacked on in verse in scene on screen, also is sub-titles AND heard as story is tastefully narrated, meets the glory of a new mexico sunset meets turn of the century cyclic boom and bust meets heart of gold, ride or die feisty extremely hot and toothy awkward Reba mac and cheese all american Taoist by way of lake county altruistic heroine and love interest of vile villain she had facial scarred AS A SMALL CHILD.and soul mate alma gemela to the king of assassins our enigmatic tortured hero meets deeply scarred karate kid with a chip on her shoulder and a set of throwing knives meets Chinese laundry meets endearing freak show circus geeks meets 100 flying chop saki ninjas meets soulless horde of plundering maxim machine gun wielding round eyed devils....cannot compare this to anything you have seen . you will thank me.
The title is deceptive. Like the movie itself, giving us a hokie impressionist view of east meets west... a fatalistic summation of a warrior's life; any and all warriors are unable to reconcile violence with a peaceful solution. They must completely distance themselves from those they love. If you like violent drama portraying a warrior's way, there is virtually none of that.
I thought it was a pretty good movie, has your typical badass who turns on his teacher and fightts against him. The cool thing about this movie was more the fact that he just left and tried making his own way. Of course like all movies the new comer is immediately noticed and a special girl or group keeps interacting with them "totally not real life" but is how movies are portrayed. Funny element I notice with all movies is there's always some available hot girl, who for some reason hasn't already been claimed, and she's interested in you.. LOL, as all of you know any hot girl especially in the desert would be claimed by force if need be.
Two minor things that stood out to me which I think is beginning to get really old is the portrayal of white people as racists, and always being the antagonizer to a minority race. Give me a break and quit bringing that stuff back up as if it was an epidemic, white people have done far more for this world then any disaster they brought on it, hey even invented movies, wow!
Secondly, the star is an asian male, and for whatever reason he ends up not being sexual or asserting his interest in a female gender. It's pretty ongoing for most asian male stars for whatever strange reason. Let them get some too lol...
I really wanted to write a review of this movie. I loved it. It is a good story well acted. It reminds me of an Eastwood film in the music and scenics and presentation. It is, as stated in other reviews a western eastern samurai-style love story. A highly trained best of ghis kind assassin either has or gets a heart when he must kill a child to complete his mission for his family amd he cannot. He gives love to the child and gets love and respect from those he tries to hide with after all his former family members and members of his profession set about to try to kill him becasue he chose to let an emotion - love take precidence over his family and training. It also has shades of the Bourne Identity... series in that he is the best and is pursued by his former associates. Good acting, a really nice story, great scenery, good music, some spectacular special effects. A LOT if killing, midway between gore and bla. Death by blood splatters. Like others who have reviewed this movie, I, too, experienced many emotions while watching it. No bad language or sexual content. Well worth watching.
Good story and while some of it was expected, there was enough that surprised me that I am pleasantly pleased. The movie, while having a bulk of the scenes in the US Old West, has a definite Eastern vibe to it. For American audiences, that means that the ending isn't cut and dried. The hero doesn't necessarily get the girl, or at least it isn't clear. And I think that is why I'm not as perfectly pleased with the movie as I hoped. My expectations had it being a Western masquerading as an enigmatic Asian romp, but it was deeper than that. Anyways, I enjoyed the movie and I think you will too, as long as you go in with proper expectations. if you want a Michael Bay flick, there is a lot of explosions and fighting but it isn't the focus of the film. Be safe and have fun.
It's not clear why this movie gets the hate it does. Rottentomatoes give it a 29%, it's much better than that. The cinematography alone is worth seeing this film, the movie is filled with very creative and quite beautiful scenes. The camera work is excellent. The story is a little cliché and predicable but name me an action film that isn't. Jang Dong Gun, as Yang the lead, has few lines, but he has a strong presence on the screen and the fight sequences are well done. The rest of the cast does capable work, and Danny Huston as The Colonel makes a worthy villain and Kate Bosworth looks great and look convincing in her sword training. Geoffrey Rush does a fine job as the narrator.
Don't be dissuaded by the haters, give it a chance. If you want an enjoyable ninja meets the old west meets Chinese fantasy, meets the circus, this film will not disappoint.