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The Warrior's Way (2010)

DVD Cover (Twentieth Century Fox)
Genres:
Action, Hybrid Western, Martial Arts, Samurai Film
Director:
Sngmoo Lee Sngmoo Lee
Starring:
Dong-Gun Jang Dong-Gun Jang
Kate Bosworth Kate Bosworth
Geoffrey Rush Geoffrey Rush
Danny Huston Danny Huston
Tony Cox Tony Cox

6.3 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by bluemeanie
Added: December 06, 2010
Some movies are too dumb to be believed. Some directors are too dumb to be working. Some actors are too smart to ever agree to do movies this dumb. "The Warrior's Way" is one such film. I use the word 'dumb' for I know of no other word that can do adequate justice to the insipid piece of garbage this film was. I cannot image a film being edited more poorly than "The Warrior's Way" with as little thought having been put into the pacing.

We have a ninja on the run from other ninjas.
We have a woman searching for the man who killed her family.
We have an old cowboy looking for redemption.

There's your plot. Dong-gun Jang plays the ninja. Kate Bosworth plays the woman. Geoffrey Rush plays the cowboy. Elsewhere, Danny Huston plays the bad guy and Tony Cox plays the sassy black midget. Throw into the mix a horde of gunslingers, a horde of "Mortal Kombat" characters and a precocious Asian child and you have all the elements needed to create a diarrhea of cliche, stereotype and absolute muck.

The worst thing is that the film strives for epic storytelling. Each and every shot is composed with the utmost respect for composition and screen beauty though I cannot count the numbers of times a green screen was used in any given shot. So that makes this one an epic fail. And, I guess -- if you're going to fail, you might as well do so with your balls to the wall, guns blazing. I did like how the town had this strange carnival look to it and I did appreciate the detail with which the director focused on colors and imagery. But -- seriously? Some of the scenes didn't even make sense because they were edited together so poorly.

Danny Huston has the most fun here in his role as the stereotypical bad guy who has his way with young girls and -- for some reason -- is also a skilled swordsman? When did he pick up that particular skill? Kate Bosworth is just plain bad as sassy Western girl with a taste for revenge. Her accent is just about as bad as her acting. And Tony Cox -- God love him. He's lucky he's so established in the business because he is one of the worst small person actors I have ever seen. Where was Peter Dinklage when you need him? Doing solid work I suppose.

So, how is the fighting? Lame. You see none of it. It's all shown in silhouette or from a distance or it happens so quick that you can't enjoy any of it. I don't think the production could afford a proper fight choreographer so we got what we got and that was it. So don't go into "The Warrior's Way" expecting some epic fight sequence. There is plenty of epic but very little fight. This film was like watching a snail crawl across the road to the backdrop of James Cameron's "Avatar". It sucked. As a movie. As an experience. But if you've run out of Ambien it might just do the trick. Shame on you, Geoffrey Rush. Shame on you. 2/10.
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benloveshorror #1: benloveshorror - added 12/06/2010, 05:34 PM
What weird casting, having Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, and Tony Cox in the same movie.
Lucid Dreams #2: Lucid Dreams - added 12/11/2010, 01:18 AM
I wanted to see this, but after reading the review I might just wait for it to come out on netflix. May I suggest you watch The Good, The Bad, The Weird? I thought that movie was pretty damn good.
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