Viewed – 21 March 2011 DVD
Action legend Jackie Chan stars as a peasant soldier in ancient China who survives a battle only to discover that the General of the opposing army is also alive, but injured. Seeing the General as his meal ticket to a reward, he takes him hostage. Along the way they face obstacles such as blood thirsty bandits and a cunning woman out for revenge, whilst an evil Prince attempts to track them down.
Based on a story by Chan himself, this enjoyable adventure film offered some beautiful locations, with some gorgeous cinematography and an interesting story with a likable turn from Chan and good support from Leehom Wang as the general. Marketed as an action-comedy however, this didn’t particularly excel in either department. It’s mildly amusing and has a few moments of quality acrobatics from Chan, but otherwise this is more of a realistic adventure not dissimilar to something Hollywood would make. Director Sheng Ding does a commendable job overall, but with a limited script that offered only a few stand-out moments – I came away thinking that much of this movie’s potential had been wasted. For fan’s of Jackie Chan, who delivers a very good performance here, this is still entertaining but there remains much better out there, both from Chan and the far-eastern movie scene.
Verdict: 3 /5
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