THE WARRIOR’S WAY
No ‘Way’ To Make a Movie
Release Date: December 03, 2010
Starring: Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth,
Danny Huston, Geoffrey Rush,
Genre: Martial Arts/Western/Fantasy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Rogue Pictures/Relativity
Director: Sngmoo Lee
Executive Producer: Douglas Falconer, Michelle
Hartly, Eui Hong, Timothy
Producer: Lee Joo-Ick, Barrie M.
Osborne, Michael Peyser
Writer: Sngmoo Lee
Address Comments To:Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO
Relativity Media (Rogue Pictures/Overture Films)
8899 Beverly Blvd., Suite 510
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 859-1250; Fax: (310) 859-1254
There, Yang meets Lynne, an incredibly ignorant woman with an annoying accent that varies in thickness throughout the movie. From Lynne, Yang learns how to work as a laundryman in exchange for teaching her the art of sword and knife fighting. A decade before, Lynne was nearly raped by the villainous Colonel, who shot her and left her for dead after she fought back. Now the Colonel and his hordes of minions keep looking for her and wreaking havoc on her town. Yang must ultimately overcome his desire to become a more peaceful man and save Lynne and the town in the final battle. The final battle, however, isn’t just against the cowboy army lead by Colonel, however, but also a massive band of his fellow warriors, who not only have absurdly sailed across the sea on a hijacked ship but manage to drop out of the sky as if leaping from an unseen spacecraft just in time to slaughter the cowboys and chase Yang to retrieve the baby they want to kill. Ultimately, Yang and Lynne help lead the town in destroying the baddies from all sides and dimensions.
THE WARRIOR’S WAY is a garish, loud cinematic atrocity that fails to provide a single moment of excitement and barely any recognizable human emotions or sympathetic, relatable characters in its entire running time. In the lead, Dong-gun Jang is a cipher who barely speaks English or any other language. This is the first American movie for the Korean action star, and hopefully the last. As Lynne, Kate Bosworth gives an unhinged, absolutely moronic performance that could do permanent damage to her career, while former Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush takes slumming to a whole new level with his performance as the town drunk. The movie has long stretches without action as the hero tries to turn from his violent past and do nice things, but they’re so boring and blandly written it’s hard to care. Meanwhile, the hyper-violent, seemingly endless final battles are indecipherable gorefests that don’t spotlight Jang’s supposedly strong martial arts skills at all since he’s basically a spinning human Cuisinart with a sword, lopping off arms and even heads at will. THE WARRIOR’S WAY is an awful mishmash of martial arts action, a Western and even fantasy, with extreme bloody violence and a sick subplot.
THE WARRIOR’S WAY is a garish atrocity. It fails to provide a single moment of excitement and barely has any recognizable human emotions or sympathetic, relatable characters in its entire running time. There’s also extreme bloody violence, some foul language and a sick subplot involving the local villain’s proclivities. In fact, the hero is merely a spinning human Cuisinart with a sword, lopping off arms and even heads at will. See this movie, and you may feel like you’ve lost your mind as well. THE WARRIOR’S WAY is one of the worst movies.