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The fight scenes were well choreographed and decently performed, though the slow motion became rather too much after a while.
There wasn't enough action in this film, or if there was there was way too much sitting and talking inbetween. The part where Os is telling the elements how Slate will try to trick them and that they musn't hate him for this lingered on a little too long leaving me quite bored at the end of it.
The characters Os and Slate where well introduced at the beginning making it pretty simple to go along with though the elements weren't actually properly introduced although it was quite easy to see who they were anyway.
Altogether I think this film could have done with a little less talking and had more action in. Billy Zane gave a good performance which added more interest to the film and made me want to keep watching. If the other actors had given as good as performance as him, then the film would have been of much higher standard.
First let me start by saying that the final mixing of audio dialogue is messed up. The music becomes domineering that I could seldom hear the dialogue. I had to activate the subtitle to ammend this nuisance.
Second, the cinematography is similar to the style of "Black Mask" and "Black Mask 2" staring Jet Li in the first and Andy On in the second. The movie is dark most of the time and then with flashes of light...kind of annoying.
Third, the movie script poorly written with corny lines. The actor from "John Doe" does not convince me as an AusSie. The only part of the movie I sort of enjoy was the message of hate breeds hate and love breeds love and that love can conquer everything. I gave this movie 3 stars just for this message. I think this movie has something to do with Buddhist philosophy with the whole circle idea. One scene, the actor who plays Ryu in "Street Fighter," dies. The other people whom Os (Zane) found carried their dead comrade and placed him in the center of the circle and did some mystical magic thing and poof! The dead comrade is alive.
Everyone in my family thinks this movie is silly and not worth to buy. I agree. Rent this movie instead.
The story itself is a rather old one: good vs evil in an epic battle over the unsuspecting little planet known as earth. Combining mythical- and science fiction-elements we are told the story of Os - Billy Zane - a former member of the Shadowmen, dark entities stalking the universe and destroying whole planets. Exiled on earth there is only one way out: Finding the vortex to destroy earth and shattering the grounds of space.
But Os is turned good by an entity of pure love. And so his quest to destroy the shadowmen along with their leader has begun. By gathering four special protectors, unique hyper-humans, each representing an element he is willing to save earth from his former allies.
Very cool fighting-sequences occur. One of the best is delivered in the beginning of the movie, when we are told about the clash between Os and the White Lady who's turning him into a protector force of earth. Sparks fly, energies explodes and we see Zane running on walls, weilding his sword like he's done this since he was baby. Very good choreography indeed. The real good CGI-effects are doing their best to convince us of the existence of superpowered warriors fighting over earth. And they surprisingly succeed.
In the middle of the movie there are some slow moments, but those are filmed in a nice way, bringing the story and the charácters further than simply letting them fight every thirty seconds.Read more ›
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Great sit down movie, Billy Zane is amazing! This movie has the right amount of action, laughs and drama. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2013 by Firefly74
This was a great movie!!!! I first rented it because Dominic Purcell was in it. I loved it. Os was so evil to begin with, but after being shown the light, he takes to his new... Read morePublished on April 23 2003 by Lynne
This is one of the most original and unique martial arts films to come along in recent years -- it turns all the cliches upside down and attempts to revise the genre. Read morePublished on March 1 2003
This movie obviously had a lot of holes in the story but you don't often see a martial arts movie that is about love and redemption. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2003 by Pat C. Fyffe