Thursday, January 21, 2016

Quick Reviews: Dragon Blade (2015)

Are you ready for a Chinese Epic?  Did you think that it would include Romans?  Let's see how any of this makes sense...
One man- Jackie Chan- is trying to help keep peace on the famous Spice Road.  With so many different Armies passing through, it isn't easy.
Don't worry- we still have time for some wacky, Chan-style hijinks.  This isn't totally out of place when you see how dark this one can get.
Chan ends up with his men in a Prison where they must rebuild a City.
At said City, the group is met by a group of Romans- led by John Cusack- who are fleeing for a mysterious reason.
The group makes peace and work together to help rebuild the City.  The Romans come there with knowledge of advanced (for the time) Math and construction.
Unfortunately, their past is close behind as the evil Tiberius (Adrien Brody!) is coming.  With his massive Army and cruelty, will any of them survive this battle?  To find out, watch the Film.
A good Film, but not without its problems.  Right off the bat, the vague History that this Film is based on can be a bit distracting.  As far as they say, some Romans were found along the Spice Road.  That's it.  From there, they built a somewhat-cliche Story involving a usurper to the Throne, a child in peril and a brave Hero.  It isn't a bad Story, but you can't deny how many times you've seen some version of it.  Aside from the cliches, there are some good Characterizations and everyone does a pretty good job with their Characters.  Brody plays his Tiberius a bit cartoony at times, as he only seems to be missing is a handlebar mustache to twirl.  The Action is, of course, good.  It is a Jackie Chan Film, so is that news?  It does get a bit hectic and hard to follow as the Film builds to its climax.  It is still good, just muddled a bit.  All in all, this is a good, solid Action Film- History be damned.  I'm not going to insult it and make an ass out of myself now...
Good stuff, although it gets a bit cluttered by the end.  It tries to be too epic, if that makes any sense.

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