War

War

Philip G Atwell (2007)

98min
18 Certificate
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Review

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Hong Kong martial artist Jet Li and British bruiser Jason Statham previously starred together in sci-fi oddity The One (2001), in which Statham played second fiddle to not one but two Jet Lis. Six years later things changed: Li's Hollywood career had faltered somewhat, while Statham had carved out an action-man niche for himself in enjoyably silly outings like the Transporter movies and the two Crank films. Here he plays an FBI agent chasing a mysterious hitman (Li) who's murdering the members of rival yakuza and Triad gangs. It's a set-up ripe for brainless action, if only director Philip G Atwell (a veteran of music videos for Xzibit and 50 Cent) could cope with the convoluted screenplay's reams of plot exposition. The quick-fire editing merely adds to the general confusion about who's doing what to whom, while sporadic fight scenes involving samurai swords and the odd ninja prove disappointingly perfunctory.

Summary

FBI agent Jack Crawford's partner is murdered along with his family by a mysterious assassin named Rogue. Several years later, the elusive killer resurfaces and begins to pick off members of rival Yakuza and Triad gangs one by one, prompting the agent to set out to exact revenge. Martial arts thriller, starring Jet Li, Jason Statham, Devon Aoki, Luis Guzman and Saul Rubinek.

Cast & Crew

Rogue Jet Li
Special Agent Jack Crawford Jason Statham
Kira Yanagawa Devon Aoki
Benny Luis Guzman
Dr Sherman Saul Rubinek
Shiro Ryo Ishibashi
Goi Sung Kang
Wick Mathew St Patrick
Director Philip G Atwell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Lionsgate UKGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama