Excerpt: Yang (Dong-Gun Jang) has always been an assassin. Even as a youth, he was put through intense training to hone his skills in all forms of combat. As lethal as he was with a sharp blade, he was just as capable if called on to simply use his hand-to-hand abilities.
Excerpt: With all the panache of a music video and a threadbare story director Sngmoo Lee’s rookie effort should be ripe for disaster. With a strange casting of characters (Kate Bosworth with a Southern accent, really? And what the hell is Geoffrey Rush doing here?
Conclusion: The Warrior’s Way is big on adventure and one could even say that it is a fable of sorts. There’s a high level of elegance to it. Yes, it’s even a bit on the whimsical side. I think all of the genres that it used were blended in properly, so as not be jumbled or distracting.
Conclusion: Tossing in heaping helpings of graphic violence, heavy-handed attempts at comedy and a would-be-touching subplot about the innocent, adorable baby might have added up to too much for mainstream audiences.
Conclusion: The Warrior's Way is one of the most underwhelming action films I've seen so far this year. I can see how it might appeal to younger teenagers- -it's got the plot and graphics of a mediocre videogame--but the target 18-35 demographic will be bored and unimpressed.
Excerpt: It doesn’t make a lot of sense to give a first time writer/director $45 million to make what amounts to Ninjas vs. Cowboys . It’s stranger yet to bring in a distinctly Korean vibe, trying to blend that with distinctly Western themes, a circus freak show, and “unknown in America” star Dong-gun Jang (...
Conclusion: 'The Warrior's Way' becomes too muddled with its marriage of three or four starkly different styles. It feels disjointed, but its story is one of classic Kung Fu. It had potential, but it never comes together like it should.
Excerpt: With a main character uninterested in verbal communication, a narrator who uses phrases like “learn stuff” and strange background changes mid-scene, The Warrior’s Way initially comes off like a disorganized mess, but as the film charges ahead with its strange vision, leaving a mangled trail of dead...
Excerpt: "The Warrior's Way" is an odd one. Wedged somewhere between the furious imaginations of Tsui Hark and Sergio Leone, the feature is an idiosyncratic ode to pure screen heroism thwarted by the junky instincts of its untested writer/director, Sngmoo Lee.