R 103min 2007
After his partner is brutally murdered by the infamous assassin Rogue (Jet Li), FBI agent Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) vows to find the elusive killer and personally avenge his partner’s death. However, Crawford’s thirst for vengeance jeopardizes his professional judgment, and as the violence escalates, he finds himself in the middle of a conflict between two rival Asian gangs. Now nothing is quite what it seems and he must be prepared for WAR! – from back cover
“War” is an re-teaming of Jason Statham and Jet Li in an average revenge action movie. The twist in the end makes this film worth watching and changes how the entire film plays out in your mind. It takes elements from westerns and Asian karate films to create a standard action film
This re-teaming is more cohesive than “The One”. Statham and Li play off each other better. Statham is more comfortable with the action and Li is more charismatic on screen. In addition, this time around they are on equal billing. “The One” was a starring vehicle for Li where “WAR” is top billing for both.
“War” is a standard action film just above the rest. It is one man fighting for the injustice of his dead friend and the one man he wants is standing on the other side of an army. The karate action is a little over the top and brings up many question once the film ends.
The plot twist near the end of elevates this film for the bottom of standard action films. It also opens the book for sequels for Li’s Rogue character. Turns the entire film on its head; everything you thought you knew changes once the reveal comes. Personally, I like to see where several of the characters go from the end of this film.
There are several special features on the “War” DVD. There are three audio commentaries one with the director, one with the writer, and an audio trivia track. There are featurettes on the action and scoring the film. It has the standard gag reel, deleted and extended scenes. It has movie previews for “3:10 to Yuma”, “Good Luck Chuck”, “Saw IV”, “Shattered” and “Crank”
I give it 3/5 Gs.