Saturday, January 19, 2008


No, I'm not ranting about the war in Iraq. Although I could, have, and will again.

No, this is the movie War starring Jason Statham (Snatch, The Transporter) and Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4, The One) as gun-toting, fist-fighting, martial arts madmen.

War starts out fairly typical for an action movie. Statham's partner in the FBI is killed by Li's character, and Statham becomes obsessed by hunting down Li to take revenge. Li goes about starting a gang war (hence the title) between the Triad and Yakuza while Statham kicks everyones' asses to get to Li.

Taken as a standard, brainless martial arts action movie, War is actually very cool right up until the last few minutes when it tries to pull off a plot twist of JJ Abrams proportions, and fails miserably. I guess it's the "in" thing now to do a good movie and then ruin it at the last minute with a shitty ending. (Thank you, Martin Scorsese, for setting this precedent with your award winning, stupid as shit ending in The Departed.)

If you like watching two guy kick ass, blow things up, and shoot the hell out of a town, War is a good way to waste and hour and a half of your life. Just ignore the ending.

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