The Art of War details
|Starring:||Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Marie Matiko, Anne Archer, Donald Sutherland, Maury Chaykin, Michael Biehn, Wesley Snipes|
The Art of War
|Run time:||1 hour 57 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Jun 2001|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Not what you expect....By Bawheid from Scotland , 30 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Given that Snipes (Blade, Demolition Man) and Biehn (Terminator, Aliens) are two of the cast in this film, you could be forgiven for thinking this a testosterone-fuelled action flick. That's not the case however, Art of War is more of a political thriller that tries to deal with the intricacies and machinations of government bodies,corruption and 'people who don't exist'.
The acting is for the most part well up to snuff, apart from the occasional cheesy line here and there - a few plot twists are thrown in for good measure, to keep the viewer guessing. Enjoyable watching, but it will not be to everyone's taste - 3 stars.
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The Art of Not Minding Too MuchBy RJNeb2 (1017 reviews) from London , 02 Nov 2013OK actioner with Snipes as a deep cover operative trying to get to the bottom of the assassination of the Chinese ambassador in New York. This is one of the more tolerable Snipes efforts of this ilk and, while offering nothing new, at least director Duguay tries to give it a distinctive look and feel. An implausible but very well shot climax in a deserted United Nations HQ suggests that, by and large, he was able to pull it off.
The Art of ClicheBy Chuquai (60 reviews) from London , 01 Nov 2012Good ole Wesley Snipes, action man, The Art of War is pretty much like the other agent betrayed scenarios but with some pretty good fight sequences. Anyway he's much better than Steven Segal. It was ok.
Terrible with shallow characters played by useless actors who can't speak Cantonese at all...By Chi Lau89 (6 reviews) from West Molesey , 04 Aug 2012Incredibly painful to watch. Very poor acting, mono toned voices, no depth to the characters at all. Worse of all is the fact that you have China and people speaking Cantonese and not Mandarin but in such a terrible accent You have to wonder who is the casting director... I am Chinese and I speak Cantonese and the main female lead's Chinese is so bad. I hated this film and recommend people to NOT watch this rubbish.
In terms of the director there's so many in consistancies between one angle to another that you can tell its poor directed. FOr example (SPOILER ALERT here) A scene where there's a truck and a car... you clearly see the car over take in one angle then a few secs later its right next to the truck... I mean what the hell?!
love itBy a customer , 04 Jan 2012even though i had seen this film on tv before very enjoyable played without any hitches all the way through.
recomend this film for further viewing
its okBy a customer from London , 13 Aug 2010THE ART OF WAR is a suspense-filled action thrill ride. Shaw (Wesley Snipes) is part of a top-secret team working for the United Nations, solving crises and helping maintain world peace. On a new mission involving security for a high-stakes trade pact between China and the United States, the Chinese ambassador is assassinated and Shaw is framed for the crime. Shaw must learn who framed him and why--in the process fighting off Chinese Triad gangsters, high-tech assassins, and the FBI. The only people who help Shaw are a beautiful Chinese translator (Marie Matiko) and a skeptical agent (Maury Chaykin). In addition to saving himself, Shaw has to race to keep the trade deal from collapsing and the United Nations from being humiliated and weakened. A tense techno-spy thriller, THE ART OF WAR boasts strong performances from Chaykin and Michael Biehn. Snipes gives a memorable portrayal as Shaw (half James Bond and half Shaft) with his own unique combination of martial arts expertise and secret agent charisma. Filmed largely in Montreal by Canadian director Christian Duguay (SCREAMERS, THE ASSIGNMENT), THE ART OF WAR is an exciting film with good fight sequences and a fast pace.
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