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  • Summary: After his partner is brutally murdered by the infamous assassin Rogue, FBI agent Jack Crawford vows to find the elusive killer and personally avenge his partner's death. But Rogue proves untraceable until three years later, when he resurfaces to ignite a bloody turf war between Chinese mob leader Chang and Japanese Yakuza boss Shiro. Eager to capture Rogue once and for all, Crawford leads his team of crime specialists headlong into the conflict. But Crawford's thirst for vengeance jeopardizes his professional judgment, and as the violence escalates, Crawford finally comes face-to-face with his enemy to discover that nothing about Rogue or his plan is quite what it seems. (Lions Gate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Bernardin
    67
    There are few cinematic crimes more heinous than making a boring action movie. Sadly, that's what the first hour of Triads-versus-Yakuza thriller War is.
  2. Reviewed by: Paul Semel
    63
    War is like Statham's other actioners "The Transporter" and "Crash" -- fun, but not big or dumb enough to be glorious.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    It's a complicated plot, but one that leaves plenty of room for everything a fan could want: gunplay, swordfights, brutal mano a mano fisticuffs, motorcycle races, car chases, Japanese gangsters eating sushi off of topless women, and that old standby, a decapitated head in a box.
  4. 40
    Routine crime thriller.
  5. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    40
    The action sequences are shot in close-ups and with such rapid editing, it’s nearly impossible to find a sense of rhythm let alone follow what’s happening.
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    40
    Most regrettably, War squanders the considerable merits of its leads.
  7. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    20
    What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Offering neither the enjoyably preposterous auto-heroics of the Transporter movies nor the lithe, legible athleticism of even second-tier Hong Kong thrillers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Nov 1, 2013
    6
    Reasons to see WAR

    WAR kicks ass, and you should see it a lot of times, for these reasons:

    Jason Statham yelling at people, and then
    kicking ass. In other

    words, being himself.

    Jet Li killing a guy by kicking him in the face....and that's not his

    best kill.

    Random girls getting nude for no reason.

    Ninjas. Just when you think this movie couldn't rock any harder, they

    put Ninjas in the movie.

    A twist ending that would make M. Night Shawhocares *beep* himself.

    A car chase every 10 minutes. There's even one with motorcycles.

    Violence. Lots of it. Guns, blades, blood, kungfu, decapitations, the

    bases are covered.

    -Jet Li and Jason Statham fighting each other. It's as epic as you might think.

    So, in conclusion, if you, 1. Like things that are awesome. 2. Have a pair of testicles. 3. Need to see a movie that rocks for a change. 4. Are a human being.

    ...than WAR is for you.
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  2. Nov 26, 2011
    5
    As expected, It was a solid action flick that was worth watching for Li and Statham alone. The twist at the end was a little expected but still worked out good. It was ok but not as good as I expected it to be. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    5
    10 for having Jason Statham in
    0 for giving us a weird story.

    In the end I dont understand anything about the story who was who and what
    was what?
    Just watch it for the fighting scenes.
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  4. Jun 18, 2012
    2
    War is lacklustre in many regards, with the storytelling, characterisation and acting leaving a lot to be desired. You could forgive this little B-movie for these shortcomings if it managed to entertain in other ways, but generally War just isn't enough fun. The action is all competent, and both the Li/Statham car chase and their close-quarters fight at the finale is well-handled, but the set pieces are over too briefly, and are surprisingly infrequent for a film of this type. It's also disappointing that a film that pitches Jet Li and Jason Statham, two of the most talented martial artists currently working on film, against each other and doesn't give them many opportunities to demonstrate their considerable combined talent - in most scenes they are reduced to taking pot-shots at each other rather than getting up close and personal. Aside from a couple of stand-out set-pieces, and Statham giving off his usual gravelly charm, War is a largely dull affair, with a flimsy plot, terrible acting and staggering cultural insensitivity. For a film like this to work, it needs something extra - whether it's more memorable and stylish action, a bit of humour thrown in or a better script, and it certainly cannot take itself as seriously as War does. Expand

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