Film #344: THE WARLORDS
3 out of 5 stars
A sprawling war epic from Peter Chan (THREE… EXTREMES II) starring Jet Li, Andy Lau (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS), and Takeshi Kaneshiro ( RETURNER, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS). While the story is engaging enough and the action set pieces are well-executed, there really is nothing new to see here. What we have is a pretty standard “brothers in arms” tale with some political maneuvering thrown in to keep things interesting. There is a lot to like in this film, but really not so much to love. If you’re in the mood for a Chinese war epic and you’ve already seen stuff like THREE KINGDOMS, SEVEN SWORDS, or John Woo’s immaculate RED CLIFF (the 5 hour version of course) or if you‘re a fan of any of the lead actors, then go ahead rent this. You won’t exactly be sorry, but it also probably end up in your Top Ten.