War 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… War 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… 2007-08-24 R PT103M Action/Adventure Mystery and Thriller Jet Li Jason Statham Lions Gate Films
Movie Review

War (2007)

MPAA Rating: R
DUEL NATURE Jet Li (pictured at right, with Roy Ishibashi) slogs through the first hour of War , which comes alive with a sharp twist…
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DUEL NATURE Jet Li (pictured at right, with Roy Ishibashi) slogs through the first hour of War, which comes alive with a sharp twist a little too late
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Aug 24, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 103 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: Jet Li and Jason Statham; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

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.

Originally posted Aug 29, 2007 Published in issue #952 Sep 07, 2007 Order article reprints