Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Warrior's Way

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

The Warrior's Way - 3 out of 5

Westerns and martial arts films shockingly go together in an equivalent of peanut butter and chocolate. No one proved this more than one of the greatest directors/writers of our time than Quentin Tarantino. His homage to the world of 70's Kung Fu films and spaghetti westerns thrown together in an orgy of entertainment he called Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 is the near embodiment of how well these two genres can work together. The Warrior's Way is another attempt to make these two film classifications dance in perfect sync.

That was the plan anyway.

A warrior destined to become the world's greatest swordsman refuses to kill the last remaining
member of a tribe and is now on the run from his own clan. But can you blame the guy? The last remaining tribesman was a wee widdle baby. So, our warrior, with baby in hand, flees to a small American town in the Old West were he finds that no one truly escapes his past--all the while trying to help the town folks with their own set of problems with a former resident.

For the most part, the movie isn't half bad. I really
dug the style the movie presented itself as--the over-the-top action and its overly emphasized background and environments really made the movie something nice to look at. The film's star Dong-gun Jang (who plays the warrior on the run) really did a great job of playing the mysterious warrior-type and, for the most part, came off as a legitimate bad-ass and backing him up was the always entertaining Geoffrey Rush playing a drunk marksman who never misses. Add to this mix Danny Huston playing the sadistic character of The Colonel and you have the potential to be a downright fun flick.

"I smell booze."

However, the film suffers from poor construction as a majority of the film's backstory is told through flashbacks narrated by the film's star; Jang. This just comes off as an extra layer of laziness on a film that already had the feel of a fish flopping on the ground out of water as it can't quite get the mix of western and martial arts right and often can't tell if it's going to be tongue and cheek or not. Things only get worse when the wayward warrior named Yang arrives in the ghost town and we find Kate Bosworth is going to be his love interest. I honestly didn't know what was more unbearable: Her inability to be convincing or the terrible, phony accent she sports. But then again, it's not like I expected much from the girl who ruined the role of Lois Lane.

Master the actual art of acting before you attempt it with a blindfold, Bosworth.

Despite the film's obvious downfalls, The Warrior's Way definitely has its moments. The action is slick and is nearly to the point you can ignore the flaws the movie contains. But once the action stops, the swords point towards the ground, the gun barrels stop smoking and the blood slowly ends its constant dripping into the sand, Kate Bosworth opens her mouth and you start to wish for that strain of dysentery that ran rampant on The Oregon Trail.

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