A Case For Better Action Movies: WOLF WARRIOR (2015)
Obviously, the key to selling a film are its trailers, a fact that martial arts film fans largely regard, and there's no question that star power is factor. That said, the prospects of watching action star favorites, Wu Jing and Scott Adkins have been nothing short of electric in the wake of all the publicity for Wu's latest solo co-directorial debut, Wolf Warrior, set against the backdrop of mainland China's jungle setting with a nationalist-tone pitting a maverick soldier against a squad of deadly foreign mercs and their vengeful crimeboss leader. Sounds good, of course, and a great set up for a potential classic given the star power at our disposal...and unfortunately, that's all this film has.
And no, it's not a totally horrible film and it is rather watchable for all it's intents and purposes on top of its physically strenuous and bone-breaking efforts its star and director makes for his fans. That said, the film is just terrible in it's delivery, and even moreso makes a definitive case on why Wu needs to make better movies after this.