If you watched any of the trailers for this movie you’ll probably be expecting high flying action, martial arts, quick fire one liners and your usual clichéd action movie.
The trailers do not do this film justice. It is an action thriller at heart, but what is very much unexpected is the strong story behind it.
It is one thing to get a good action movie, but it’s another to find one that has a respectable script.
The story follows FBI agent John Crawford’s (Jason Statham) path for vengeance against the enigmatic Yakuza hitman Rogue (Jet Li) after he kills his partner Tom Lone (Terry Chen). Rogue then kills an important member of the rival gang, the Triads. This sparks of a gang war between the Asian gangs in the city.
The casting of this film is a who’s who of Japanese and Chinese action cinema. Sung Kang, Kenneth Choi, Ryo Ishibashi, Hiro Kanagawa and the luscious Devon Aoki are all in there. It’s a strong cast and really helps add to the overall quality of the film.
Statham takes the central role for the majority of the film and this is very important to the surprising outcome of the movie.
Li is silent for the most part, but is fine enough. However he’s absolutely brutal in his execution during the action sequences.
Violent, engrossing and downright vicious, War is out in cinemas nationwide.