Jet Li and Jason Statham star in War, an action-packed but ultimately forgettable thriller about two men on opposite sides of the law.
After his partner is brutally murdered by the mysterious assassin known as Rogue (Li), an FBI agent (Statham) goes on a quest for vengeance. What follows is various attempts by Statham to kill Li, and Li battling his own inner demons as he deals with his sinister business partners. You don't need to know much more to the plot than that, but there are a few mild twists and other developments that occur to make the film a bit more interesting than your average action fare. All in all, though, we've seen this plot before in some incarnation or another, though it does a decent job of providing some entertaining moments nonetheless.
It's fun seeing Li back in the villain role as we really haven't seen him "nasty" since he kicked ass in Lethal Weapon 4, but with everyone anticipating the match up of Jackie Chan and Jet Li in 2008, Statham vs. Li isn't exactly a Celebrity Death Match that's going to sell a lot of tickets. The boring and nondescript title doesn't help, either, but then again, this review isn't about the marketing.
So... what's there to say? I watched War about a week or so ago and I really don't remember much about it. I think one of the main characters dies at the end (will good prevail, or not?), which was a bit of a surprise, and I remember lots of action sequences, but everything blended together. It's funny - when I was younger, I used to think that all you needed to make a good action film was to have a lot of non-stop action. War has that for the most part, but there aren't any memorable action scenes, and without memorable scenes, the film is doomed to the discount bin.
I'll have to re-watch this movie at some point as I honestly must have zoned out through a good chunk of it. Nothing sank in deep, and War failed to bite down. Still, for those of you who kill for kung fu action, War may offer up enough goodies to satisfy you for a short while.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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