Saturday, 2 April 2011

Angry Movie Lurker Review 32: The Warrior's Way (3 STARS)


In the 19th century, a warrior named Yang (Jang Dong-gun) is ordered to kill the last member of an enemy clan--a baby. He refuses the mission and flees with the child to a dilapidated town in the American West. Despite his attempts, his enemies close in on him and he must fight to protect the child and his newfound comrades: Ron (Geoffrey Rush), the town drunk, and Lynne (Kate Bosworth), both of whom have a tragic past.

Now that's just a summary but bears no real idea to what goes on in this movie, the action which is very stylised and when it comes is amazing, over the top and downright crazy between the characters of the circus dwellers and performers (bearded lady, strongman, clown etc....) staying in the town, the town in question is a shithole and into this steps Yang (amazing swordplay but mentally damaged after years of killing) and the child and for a brief moment brings calm and beauty to the town but between the ninjas and the evil cowboy horde (like the guys in the dusters in Pale Rider but dirtier and lots,lots more) led by a disfigured madman (Danny Huston as a colonel) and a bodycount in the low 3 figures.There are a lot of flashbacks dealing with most of the main characters pasts and an ending which is good enough and leaves itself open for a sequel which will never be made. The amount of gaming ideas this movie presents is good with the obvious ninjas vs cowboys vs clowns???.The movie is worth a watch but is not going to linger in your mind  as a classic. 

33 comments:

  1. I have to admit I kind of skipped through the movie for the action scenes which were pretty awesome. I wasn't too interested in seeing Kate "learn the Eastern ways."
    I think that is an overplayed theme.

    Danny Huston is pretty bad-ass in this though.

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  2. I will have to check that movie out.

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  3. Ninjas, cowboys and clowns. Oh my.

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  4. I didn't care for it much

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  5. Looks ok...I love clowns!!:-D
    has anyone seen Sucker Punch yet????
    Cheers
    paul

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  6. Nice review there, i was thinking that it had more potential but i trust your judgement still im gonna see it.

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  7. If it wasn't you telling me, or it was April 1st, I'd say 'surely not!' Too much for one film! But I'm impressed with the central premise, saving the child, and the idea of the calm coming over the town. As ever, it's now in mind and I'll likely notice it all the quicker for that reason.

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  8. what a combo of characters!

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  9. Yeah I liked lil slow in parts but good.

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  10. sound interesting, gonna check it out

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  11. so much crap going on in that trailer

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  12. I am a sucker for any kind of Western, and Geoffrey Rush is one of my favorite character actors. I think I am going to look into this one even if it's for just some simple 90 min. amusement.

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  13. i'ma watch to see the incredible Geoffrey Rush. :D

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  14. Probably watch it just for the action then

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  15. I think I would watch this movie for the characters! I love movies with character development!

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  16. I will watch it for the clowns.

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  17. I've never even heard of the movie, but the poster looks awesome :O

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  18. I hate/loathe/despise clowns! BLAaaaaah.

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  19. Another one your gonna have to lend me!

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  20. I hadn't heard of this, but I'm definitely going to have to track it down. Thanks for the heads up.

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  21. looks like fun, but i just cant handle kate bosworth on screen. dont know why, but its the same with rene zellweger. i just can not stand both of them

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  22. I saw the previews but I can't tell whether it is worth going to or not

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  23. Sounds like I may enjoy this one night.

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  24. Ninjas vs cowboys vs clowns? eh, I don't know what to say :D

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  25. Looks like a decent enough weekend time waster.

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  26. It sounds plausible enough. As long as it's all in self-defense, it's justified.

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  27. Thank you and I check it out when it comes on the film channels.

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  28. The first time I saw that poster I thought it was Keira Knightley but I guess I was wrong. haha. I might consider checking this movie out but movies have been pretty bad lately.

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  29. i like your blog. keep up the good work

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