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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 mobAfter 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
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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: Michael Ferraro
    40
    Perhaps this movie would have been better off if it starred Steven Seagal and Tom Arnold.
  6. 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.
  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. tylerh
    Apr 28, 2008
    10
    this movie was packed with action from the get go and u don t see that, that much anymore
  2. gg
    Sep 3, 2007
    10
    it was a good movie
  3. EricM
    Sep 14, 2009
    7
    I thought this was an alright movie.
  4. MichealR
    Feb 24, 2008
    5
    Anything higher then a 5 is ridiculous for this movie.I don't know how anyone could screw up a movie with Jet Li and Jason Statham but Anything higher then a 5 is ridiculous for this movie.I don't know how anyone could screw up a movie with Jet Li and Jason Statham but this producer should did.It never really grabs your attention.The first forty minutes are pretty boring with hardly any fighting.Jet Li and Jason only fight for about 3 minutes in the movie.I was confused near the ending so I just assumed what the ending was about.Don't even waist your time on a weekend watching this or even late at night you could spend the 2 hours reading blogs online which is much more entertaining then the movie. Expand
  5. 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
    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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  6. MikeM.
    Aug 27, 2007
    4
    Mindless in the way that it tries to put so much of that pretentious intelligence into an action movie, it loses touch with itself. This isnt Mindless in the way that it tries to put so much of that pretentious intelligence into an action movie, it loses touch with itself. This isnt a cobweb, because cobwebs are neat and constructed. Its literally a desk, full of papers scattered all over the place, placed in drawers and forgotten about, some even lying on the floor with coffee spilled all over them so they're basically pointless. Jason Statham plays a man who lost his partner, and when he finds out who did it, a man named Rogue (played by Jet Li), he goes out on a man hunt. The character Rogue.....well, don't bother trying to figure out just what the story is on him. The entire story is wrought with double-crosses, backstabs and kill after kill after kill, but it ultimately leaves you unsatisfied. You wait for the showdown between Statham and Li, and what they deliver is hardly a good recreation of the great Norris vs. Lee fight, and the "final climax twist," just leaves you feeling even more unfulfilled. With two of the most popular bodies of martial arts, there is so much more that could have been done here. Maybe Mr. Atwell should have spent less time trying to spin our heads around, and more time giving us what we wanted- toe-to-toe matchups, wall-to-wall fighting. Expand
  7. RichardS
    Aug 29, 2007
    0
    Why is Jason Statham so popular in Hollywood? This concept that he, or Vinnie Jones, can carry a movie is laughable.

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