Douglas Curran
Marc Bernardin
August 29, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

War

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
103 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/24/07
performer
Jet Li, Jason Statham
director
Phillip Atwell
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Gregory J. Bradley, Lee Anthony Smith
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

There are few cinematic crimes more heinous than making a boring action movie. Sadly, that’s what the first hour of Triads-versus-Yakuza thriller War is. We watch, idly, as Jason Statham’s dour, fuzzy FBI agent tracks the mysterious hitman (Jet Li) who killed his best friend and his family. And just as you think to yourself, ”This flick would be way better if it had Van Damme playing twins,” along comes a plot twist so ingenious that it almost redeems the rest of the flick. In fact, you kinda feel bad for the twist itself, which deserved a better home.

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