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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dragon Blade: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsra Lovers

Many will wonder why does Jackie Chan still have another film where in some reports said that Chinese Zodiac was his last film. Well, according to Jackie Chan, CZ12 is the last blockbuster-scale action movie in his resume. But, he will still continue to make movies, as long as he can. In his latest film (Dragon Blade), Jackie Chan teams up with Director Daniel Lee to create an extravagant historical film production together with a star-studded cast.  

Huo An (Jackie Chan) is the Commander of the Silk Road Protection Squad. However, he and his troops were accused of treason where in they are thrown in a prison camp to repair the city walls of Wild Geese Gate. Enters General Lucius (John Cusack) who leads a group of Roman Soldiers to take the gate. He challenged Huo An in a battle but as a sandstorm approaches; the two settles the dispute, became friends and agrees to help both parties. However, things got more complicated when another Roman general Tiberius (Adrien Brody) troops at the border gate with 100,000 soldiers and unleashes hate and betrayal. 

Dragon Blade is utterly messy, but it doesn't mean that it is not entertaining. It is also quite long as the film tries to stuff a lot of things in it but fails to justify all of it. It seems that Jackie Chan is trying so hard to keep the momentum going and didn't quite get a lot from his co-stars. Jackie Chan still got it, the humor plus the charisma. He might have slowed down a little, but you can enjoy some of his moves and comedy antics. The only problem is Jacky didn't dub his own lines, and that made him sounds terrible. John Cusack, on the other hand, isn't that convincing as a Roman General while Adrien Brody did well but only had one facial expression throughout the film.

Overall, Dragon Blade looks convoluted as a whole.  However, Jackie Chan's fans will still be happy enough to see their idol back on the big screen. It's just frustrating to see him limit his moves than the usual but Mr. Chan's presence is simply hard to ignore. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 6 out of 10 stars

Cast: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adriene Brody

Directed by: Daniel Lee
Distributed by: Multivision Pictures Entertainment PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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