THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
Inane Mixture of Buddhism, Sex, and Ultraviolence
Release Date: November 02, 2012
Starring: RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu,
Cung Le, Byron Mann, Rick
Yunn, Jamie Chung, David
Bautista, Daniel Wu, Zhu Zhu
Genre: Action Adventure
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 96 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Executive Producer: Thomas A Bliss, Tom Karnowski,
Producer: Eli Roth, Marc Abraham, Eric
Writer: RZA, Eli Roth
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The bare-bones plot is set in the late 1800s China. It concerns a black man (played by director and rap artist RZA) who wound up in China after being released from American slavery. He’s now a blacksmith and lives with a prostitute working to save enough money to buy her way out of a brothel. A huge shipment of gold coins is stolen from Chinese leaders. An evil gang tries to intercept it, and a mysterious Englishman (played by Russell Crowe) arrives to also make an attempt on the loot. Between gruesome, nearly nausea-inducing fights over the gold, many of the men, including Crowe’s character, are seen engaging in numerous graphic acts of illicit sex.
Between all the sex and violence, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS has almost no coherent plot to follow. The movie also has a long sequence teaching and extolling Buddhism. In fact, the heroic blacksmith is seen vastly improving his life because of his training in Buddhism. The movie also contains some strong foul language. Not only that, but there’s some very strong Anti-Christian content, including a lewd Anti-Catholic joke. Finally, the performances from writer/director/star RZA – a rapper in the prominent rap group Wu-Tang Clan, which also often promotes Eastern religion – and the rest of the cast are embarrassing. Crowe in particular should know enough to steer clear of movies like this after having won an Oscar.
Altogether, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS is a nasty, unpleasant and largely incompetent movie that discerning moviegoers will want to avoid.
Between all the sex and violence, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS has almost no coherent plot. The performances are also embarrassing. There’s also some strong foul language. The movie has a long sequence teaching and extolling Buddhism. In fact, the heroic blacksmith is seen vastly improving his life because of his Buddhist training. Not only that, but the movie contains very strong Anti-Christian content, including a lewd Anti-Catholic joke. THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS is a nasty, unpleasant and largely incompetent movie that discerning moviegoers will want to avoid.