WAR

Dark Plot Twists

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Release Date: August 24, 2007

Starring: Jet Li, Jason Statham, Devon Aoki, Luis Guzman, Saul Rubinek, Ryo Ishibashi, Sung Kang, Mathew St. Patrick, and Nadine Velazquez

Genre: Police Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 103 minutes

Address Comments To:

John Feltheimer and Peter E. Strauss
Co-Chairmen
Lionsgate
AKA Lions Gate Films
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200
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Content:

(B, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, DD, MM) Light moral worldview that could have been stronger about FBI agents working against Japanese Yakuza gangsters and Chinese Triad gangsters in San Francisco but not all the story’s police officials can be trusted and movie shows racy Yakuza nightclub sequence with half-nude dancers where men can have prostitutes in back rooms; at least 58 mostly strong obscenities, three strong profanities and two light profanities; lots of sometimes brutal action violence with blood including pointblank shootings in the head, gunfights, swordfights, fist-fighting, man shot in cheek, fire deliberately set, explosions, bloody bodies, car chase with crash, gangland executions, and implied murder of woman and young child; briefly depicted fornication in one scene, implied prostitution and semi-nude dancing; shots of upper and rear female nudity, plus upper male nudity; alcohol use and nightclub scene; smoking and brief mentions about Asian gangsters involved in illegal drug sales; and, revenge, betrayal, lying, gangster tattoos, and corrupt police officials.

Summary:

WAR is a police thriller about an FBI agent fighting Japanese and Chinese gangsters in San Francisco and an Asian hitman who seems to be trying to start a gang war between the two different kinds of ethnic gangsters. The story does not always make sense, and the movie takes place in a dark world of revenge, betrayal, senseless violence, and much foul language.

Review:

WAR, a police thriller about FBI agents fighting Japanese and Chinese gangsters in San Francisco, was not screened in advance for critics, and it is easy to understand why. The story doesn’t always make sense and the two major twists in the end reveal that this is a dark story of revenge and betrayal as much as it is a story about the FBI stopping Asian gangsters in the U.S.

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.

In Brief:

WAR, a police thriller, 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 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, it appears that Rogue (played by Jet Li) is back in town, but now working for the Chinese rival to his old boss.

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.