Dark Plot Twists
Release Date: August 24, 2007
Starring: Jet Li, Jason Statham, Devon
Aoki, Luis Guzman, Saul
Rubinek, Ryo Ishibashi, Sung
Kang, Mathew St. Patrick, and
Genre: Police Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 103 minutes
Director: Philip G. Atwell
Executive Producer: Mike Elliott, Michael
Paseornek, Peter Block, and
Producer: Steven Chasman, Christopher
Petzel and Jim Thompson
Writer: Lee Anthony Smith and Gregory
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The movie stars Jason Statham as FBI Agent John Crawford, who works with his partner, Tom Lone, fighting organized crime in San Francisco’s Japanese and Chinese communities. John is wounded in a gun battle where he thinks he spies a man called Rogue, a hitman working for Shiro, the Japanese head of a group of Yakuza gangsters in Frisco. When Rogue murders Tom and his wife and daughter, John becomes obsessed with bringing Rogue to justice.
Three years later, John’s obsession with Rogue has broken up his own marriage. When it appears that Rogue (played by Jet Li) is back in town, but now working for the Chinese gangster rival to his old boss, John and his team are again on Rogue’s trail. Unknown to John, however, Rogue seems to be trying to start a gang war between his new boss and his old boss.
The two big twists in the plot to WAR are a bit much. They darken the moral atmosphere of this police thriller about FBI agents fighting organized Asian crime. They also confuse the premise of the story that’s supposed to drive the plot. WAR contains plenty of strong foul language and brief sex and nudity in scenes set in a racy nightclub and house of ill repute operated by the Japanese gangsters.
WAR is not a great police thriller. The plot doesn’t always make sense. Also, the two major twists in the end reveal that this is a story of revenge and betrayal as much as it is a story about the FBI stopping Asian gangsters in the U.S. WAR also contains lots of strong foul language and brief sex and nudity in scenes set in a racy nightclub and house of ill repute operated by the Japanese gangsters. WAR is one Grade B thriller that moviegoers probably won’t be fighting to see.