Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 29% (Critics) / 47% (Audience)
Directed By: Sngmoo Lee
Written By: Sngmoo Lee
Starring: Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush and Danny Huston
Synopsis: In the 19th century, a warrior named Yang (Jang Dong Gun) is ordered to kill the last member of an enemy clan—a baby. He refuses the mission and flees with the child to a dilapidated town in the American West. Despite his attempts, his master closes in on him and he must fight to protect the child and his newfound comrades: Ron (Geoffrey Rush), the town drunk, and Lynne (Kate Bosworth), both of whom have a tragic past. – (Source)
This movie is insanely violent with some truly cool looking action scenes including one of the most over-the-top bloody set pieces I have ever seen in it’s climax. People were dying left and right with body parts being alternately shit, blown or hacked off. It was great.
Dong-gun Jang was also very good as the strong, silent stranger from the Far East. And Geoffrey Rush was funny as the town drunk with a secret (and useful) talent. But the stand out performance was Danny Huston as The Colonel, a marauding desperado with a mean streak an a strange teeth fetish.
This movie also features the cutest darn baby I have ever seen.
Kate Bosworth stood out like a sore thumb as the Annie Oakley-esque tomboy and amateur knife thrower Lynne. She had zero chemistry with anyone else in the cast and she seemed to be playing a caricature rather than a character.
The final battle between Yang and the leader of The Sad Flutes was way too anti-climactic for me.
Who gives a kid a puppy and then makes him kill it after years of bonding? The rat bastards of the Sad Flute ninja clan that’s who! A worse place to send a kid in his formative years I doubt you will ever find.
Final Verdict: This movie is definitely not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but if you are a fan of the old Saturday afternoon martial arts movie marathons then this will be right up your alley.