14 September 2007 | JoeSko
Not As Advertised, Very Disappointing!
First let me start off by saying that I've seen every single Jet Li movie ever made. All the way back to his days of the Shaolin Temple up to his most recent film, Fearless. Jet has had a lot of hit and miss movie's lately with the stupid rappers, but his Martial Art prowess always saved the day. I am no rookie when it comes to Jet Li and the martial art movie scene, believe me. And ever since I saw the Transporter, I've been a big fan of Jason Statham and know he's been studying martial arts more and more especially since he starred in the movie The One alongside none other then Jet Li, where they first got the idea to do a movie like this together.
So as you can see, my expectations for this movie were through the roof! It was the movie I've been waiting for since The One was made. I couldn't wait to see Jet and Jason go toe to toe in an all out martial arts bonanza. At least, that's what the history of these 2 and the previews would have you to believe to expect....
Unfortunately, this was not the case at all. You'd be hard pressed to find any sort of martial arts action in this film at all. This was more like an action/cop drama with sprinkles of kicks and punches and a little sword fight. Bah! Just terrible marketing in my opinion. Jet Li should not be wasting his time trying to act first of all, since you could barely understand half the lines he utters in the first place...
The first hour is all story, no fighting whatsoever, then you'll get a quick little dose of what might be something, only to end in gunfire and bullets. WHERE'S THE MARTIAL ARTS???? This movie keeps you hanging on the great story and keeps you hoping that there will be a huge pay-off fight scene in the end between Jet and Jason that will make up for all this waiting finally pay-off.
2 words, It Doesn't! The end fight is over quicker then you can blink and involves no heavy hand to hand fighting techniques that make Jet and Jason so awesome to watch...Instead we're forced to watch a hammer vs a shovel...LAME! If you're going into this movie expecting a martial arts fighting blow-out, you'll be sorely, sorely disappointed. If you just want to take it for what its worth, a stylized action/drama then you'll be happy. I for one, WAS NOT and will not be watching this waste of a great idea ever again.