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  • Summary: Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades. Above the law and with a license to kill, they devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial Court is taken over by evil eunuch Jia, the best of the Jinyiwei, Qinglong is assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. Unbeknownst to Qinglong, the Jinyiwei have fallen under the control of Jia, and during the mission he’s betrayed and barely escapes with his life. Now the most wanted man in the land Qinglong must seek out and rally the loyalists to rise against Jia and restore the Emperor to power. In his way are the deadliest assassins in the land, his former brethren, the Jinyiwei. [RADiUS-TWC] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    Aug 4, 2014
    70
    An above-average martial-arts actioner that reinforces Donnie Yen’s “Man With No Name” ambience.
  2. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Aug 19, 2014
    70
    Come for Ku's joyful choreography, stay for Yen's most memorable post-comeback performance.
  3. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Aug 4, 2014
    60
    Drawing on the prowess of Donnie Yen, the first 35 minutes of gimmick-free martial arts revives the sinewy action aesthetics of '70s Shaw Brothers classics.
  4. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Aug 21, 2014
    60
    While 14 Blades grinds on perhaps a half-hour too long, its ambitions and energies show that for a fresh take on the western, go east.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Aug 18, 2014
    50
    An immensely gifted physical performer, Donnie Yen isn't strong enough an actor to suggest an authentic inner life to his character beyond a vague sense of stone-faced dissatisfaction.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 21, 2014
    50
    The movie's raison d'etre, its many highflying, wildly violent, often digitally enhanced kung fu fighting sequences, are edited with so much sleight of hand they may evoke more eye rolls than gasps. But the hard-working sound design, effectively stark visual palette and propulsive score do manage to impress.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Aug 18, 2014
    30
    Ultimately, the lackluster fight scenes are what make 14 Blades a disposable addition to the wu xia world.