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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39

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  1. Aug 3, 2011
    0
    Now this was a truly awful movie. It couldn't decide if it was an artistic movie or action movie with it being niether one. The story was a bad cookie cutter comic book cliche that resembled a 12 year old's fantasy. It was hard to care about anything that happened and the mix of a western/martial arts fantasy was nothing more than stupid. The action elements were like bad video game cinematics that try to look cool and the dialogue was like listening to children trying to sound like grown-ups. A real piece of garbage that should be avoided at all cost. Collapse
  2. Dec 13, 2010
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ancient...Korean secret? What the Calgon is going on here? Just because the actor portraying the assassin comes from South Korea, "The Warrior's Way" still has a lot to answer for, in regard to the wait it reinforces(or is that reintroduces?) the old stereotype of the Chinese laundryman. Jang Dong-gun, best known for his role in Kang Je-Gyu's "Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War", plays a character whose surname just happens to be both Korean, and Chinese, in a film whose audience probably would be hard-pressed to differentiate the two. Yang, a "Yojimbo"-like anti-hero, formerly of The Sad Flutes(described in the titles as being "the cruelest assassins in the east), is perceived explicitly as a "China man", in spite of the uni-racial name, because his kind(more so than the Koreans and the Japanese) are associated with the Old West, having worked extensively on the First Transcontinental Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century. Predictably, there's not a train to be found in this frontier outpost, even though the inhabitants who call the desert their home, couldn't possibly survive without infrastructure; in other words, a functional railroad, by which food and supplies could be received on a weekly basis from the cities. Already straddling the line of political correctness, any sense of realism had to be discarded(a ferris wheel, really?) in order to keep "The Warrior's Way" from crossing that line, so the locomotives had to go, since its presence would damage the filmmaker's ability to cultivate the lie, in which Yang's ethnicity is of an indeterminate origin, what the titles vaguely state as "the east". A train can't help but signify Yang as Chinese, and the town(with the circus-based economy) he defends against "The Colonel"(Danny Huston) and his gang of desperadoes, as a place that resembles, however faintly, western civilization from out of the past. Surrounded by circus freaks, among them, a "midget", a guy who breathes fire, and a bearded lady, Yang's otherness, his exotic looks, and way with a sword, makes him "one of [them]", an attraction, as if a "yellow" face was some sort of physical abnormality, which taints the kiss he shares with Lynne(Kate Bosworth), in what should be a taboo-shattering moment(compare this kiss with the tentative one Jackie Chan gives Amber Valetta in Brian Levant's "The Spy Next Door"), but conversely, becomes a spectacle, since the cowgirl is kissing a monstrosity, a freak, somebody from the mysterious east. When "The Saddest Flute"(Lung Ti) finally tracks down his former disciple, his negative assertion concerns him alone, and not his race as a whole(the implied Chinese), because this is an America untethered from the historical record, and on a filmic level, the western myth created by the John Ford movies, and others of its ilk. In this world, an Asian may be expected to do the laundry, but the absence of a track suggests that the "Chinese", unlike their real-life counterparts, were never imported from their motherland to help install a railway system, which as a result, undoes the associative stereotype, making the stock occupation of laundryman into a mere business that Yang's friend(also from "the east") just happened to undertake. "The Warrior's Way" does away with the notion that the east is split into nations and factions as a means for perpetuating race in a brazenly callous fashion that borders on racist. Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2010
    3
    Ok to be fair I'll give you the good. Some of the special effects are cool. But such a absolute waist of talent!!!!! The movie was such nonsense I couldn't really enjoy the good!!! Terrible script and bad acting!!! The only thing that kept me in my seat was sexy Kate Bosworth. Overall if you want to be dissipointed, go see it. In other words don't waist your money!!!
  4. Dec 17, 2010
    0
    For many years I have been a martial arts practitioner and movies enthusiast. Hear my advise: DO NOT spend your money watching this movie. If you want to watch it, wait until it comes out on free TV.
  5. Mar 12, 2013
    1
    This is one of the worst movies i've ever seen. It just really had no sense i can't say nothing more than that. If you're looking for some samurai,ninja,wariror movie ,you should defenitely NOT watch this.
Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    While the movie seems designed to be a breakout for Jang, it's Lee whose work actually makes an impression.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 8, 2010
    40
    Drained of much of its presumed power by a distinct "been there, seen that" vibe.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 7, 2010
    60
    Someone surely thought to call this knowingly ridiculous genre mash-up "Cowboys vs. Ninjas," though even that title wouldn't hint at all the you-gotta-be-kidding-me craziness on display.