By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
As regular readers know, I love when big studio movies don't screen and disappear quickly from the box office, so I can get the DVD and watch a basically first run fluff piece in the privacy of my own home. War is a perfectly generic action movie to fit the bill.
DVD Review: War
There's a cop with a dead partner estranged from his family, yet another "world's greatest killer" assassin, triads and yakuza killing each other when a manipulator plays both sides, all the gun poses and blah blah blah. What's really amazing is how seriously it takes itself, as if it's really the first movie to do the exact same thing that all the other movies do. But that's part of the fun.
There are some okay fight scenes. Jet Li and Jason Statham get to do a few cool moves. Nothing like a Transporter or Hong Kong movie but comparable to Li's DMX movies. I do think Li is more compelling as a villain than as a hero, so this is a good vehicle for that.
There is a totally kick ass twist in the end. I can't believe they pulled that off in an otherwise totally mundane kickfest. That alone is worth watching. And also a gag reel that has Jet Li acting like Jackie Chan. He goes right out of badass mode as soon as a take is done, and ultra-gory kill shots are much sillier this way.