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THE WARRIOR'S WAY
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Sngmoo Lee

Starring:
Dong-Gun Jang
Kate Bosworth
Geoffrey Rush

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A master swordsman decides that he's through slicing up foes and flees overseas with an infant orphan. He ends up settling within a literal "circus town" in the middle of the desert, but still seems incapable of escaping violent evil-doers.

Is it good movie?
Let me start off right away by saying that the DVD cover for THE WARRIOR'S WAY doesn't do it justice. I took one look at it and instantly thought "cheap-o action crap". And it didn't help matters that the three stars featured on the cover couldn't appear to be more mismatched for this type of flick. Geoffrey Rush in some kind of martial arts yarn?! Kate Bosworth too?! Could this thing be some sort of subtitled foreign flick that they made overseas for some fast cash? Thoughts like that raced through my mind. But...

After watching this bastard, WAIT, after sitting through the first five minutes, I knew that I had made a gross error in assumption. In fact, I must have somehow overlooked this gem whenever it was released in theaters because there's no way it could have hit the big screen without making some noise. Friends, what we have here is a no-holds-barred martial arts/western/comedy/fantasy! And all four genres are perfectly blended as if stirred by a mystical samurai sword.

The three aforementioned actors were all fantastic, each bringing their own sets of talents to the production. Dong-Gun Jang is a kick-ass fighter (I now know he's a superstar overseas and can totally see why) and is even great in gentler scenes with the little baby girl. And, I know this is a bad-ass horror website, but Damn It if that little baby girl isn't the cutest f*cking thing and is used to great comedic effect in the flick! Bosworth managers to balance both tomboy toughness and ladylike charm with ease. And Rush, again, proves that he is indeed one of the finest actors of our time. Special mention must be made, however, for Danny Huston who plays one of the main villains to new heights of dastardly bastardness.

It just astounded me how fun this movie was. Best of all, the filmmakers never compromised with the violence. WARRIOR'S WAY could have easily worked the PG-13 angle, but like so many other films before it, would have ultimately suffered in potential awesomeness. Thankfully, we are treated to a fair share of hardcore, but never excessive, blood spatter. And I just really got into the story and character arcs. Director, Sngmoo Lee, sure knows how to spin one wild, whacked-out yarn. The plot only dragged slightly in the middle, but nothing could keep me from definitely recommending it.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 2.40:1

Audio English dolby digital with French and Spanish subtitles.

The Extras
A fairly fast Behind the Scenes montage.

Just a few Deleted Scenes.

Last Call
I was happily surprised how fast I got swept up in the whimsical action of this WARRIOR'S WAY. I was then knocked even further for a loop upon discovering the unique and interesting story it had to tell. Don't let this smorgasbord of fun pass you by.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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