I had great expectations for The Forbidden Kingdom because it stars Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Collin Chou (Seraph from The Matrix II & III), but I was a little disappointed. I’m not saying it was a bad film. Far from it. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to any martial arts fan, but I wanted something extra. I thought the wire work was a little sloppy at times and some of the fight scenes lacked a little clarity. On the positive side, the visuals were stunning!
When judging martial arts films, one of my main criteria is whether it makes me want to train. The fact I came out of the cinema thinking I need to get to more Karate sessions means it probably did its job.
I went to see War at the cinema on Saturday. I’m a fan of Jet Li and I think Jason Statham has been kind-of cool in a few films so it seemed like a safe bet.
Let’s start by saying, this is not a Martial Arts film. There is a little bit of fighting, but nothing technical or cool. At first I was enjoying the film on face value, but the true plot became evident towards the end of the film. At that point I felt a little let down because the idea was better than I expected, but the implementation wasn’t so good. I know that sounds odd, but I guess if you watch the film you will see what I mean. It could have been a lot better.
So I guess the verdict has to be not too bad for a nondescript film.