The Art Of War

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A spy who has convinced much of the world he doesn't exist now must prove that he does in order to save thousands of lives in this thriller. After the assassination of Wu James Hong, China's ambassador to the United Nations, in the midst of negotiations on a trade pact, FBI agent Neil Shaw Wesley Snipes is assigned to ferret out the killer by his superior, Eleanor Hooks Anne Archer. But Shaw soon discovers that he's now considered a key suspect in the murder, and is the subject of a manhunt. Shaw's ability to ...
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A spy who has convinced much of the world he doesn't exist now must prove that he does in order to save thousands of lives in this thriller. After the assassination of Wu James Hong, China's ambassador to the United Nations, in the midst of negotiations on a trade pact, FBI agent Neil Shaw Wesley Snipes is assigned to ferret out the killer by his superior, Eleanor Hooks Anne Archer. But Shaw soon discovers that he's now considered a key suspect in the murder, and is the subject of a manhunt. Shaw's ability to cover his tracks, and his network of similarly "invisible" agents, makes him a hard man to track down. But when Shaw learns that the real killers not only plan to strike again but intend to take out most of the U.N. in the process, he swings into action to prevent the attack and clear his name; Shaw is thrown into a partnership with Julia Marie Matiko, a U.N. interpreter who witnessed Wu's murder and may be able to trace a recording of the crime. The Art of War co-stars Michael Biehn as Bly, one of Shaw's associates, and Donald Sutherland as the Secretary General of the United Nations. The film was originally written as a vehicle of Hong Kong action star Jet Li before Snipes stepped in as both star and executive producer.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Super-sleek African-American action star Wesley Snipes returns to the screen in another explosive thriller, this one distinguished by an unusually complex script and several A-list supporting players. In The Art of War, Snipes plays the foremost covert operative of a top-secret United Nations squad dedicated to furthering international peace and security by unusual and often unethical means. Framed for the murder of a Chinese diplomat, he stumbles onto a wide-ranging plot that might implicate his supervisor Anne Archer, another top agent Michael Biehn, and even the secretary general Donald Sutherland. Director Christian Duguay Joan of Arc crams the footage with a dizzying array of chases, fights, shootouts, and explosions without ever tangling the threads of his intricate story. Snipes is appropriately taciturn as the intrepid operative, and the consistently underrated Archer really sparkles as the tough-as-nails mission coordinator. If you're looking for a good popcorn movie, Art of War won't disappoint.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • UPC: 085391887133
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wesley Snipes Neil Shaw
Anne Archer Eleanor Hooks
Maury Chaykin Cappella
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa David Chan
Donald Sutherland Douglas Thomas
Michael Biehn Bly
Marie Matiko Julia
Liliana Komorowska Novak
James Hong Ambassador Wu
Technical Credits
Christian Duguay Director
Michel Arcand Editor
Pierre-Jules Audet Sound Editor
Simon Barry Screenwriter
Wayne Beach Original Story, Screenwriter
Michel B. Bordeleau Sound Editor
Rosina Bucci Casting
Don Carmody Co-producer
Jocelyn Caron Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Chu Associate Producer
Nicolas Clermont Producer
Don Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Normand Corbeil Score Composer
Les Productions de L'intrigue Special Effects
Jérôme Décarie Sound Editor
Nathalie Fleurant Sound Editor
David Franco Musical Direction/Supervision
Odette Gadoury Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Gagnon Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Gill Cinematographer
Dan Halsted Executive Producer
Georges Jardon Special Effects Supervisor
Richard Lalonde Co-producer
Vera Miller Casting
Jean Morin Art Director
Oliver Stone Producer
Pierre Perrault Art Director
Pierre Perrault Art Director
Anne Pritchard Production Designer
Elite Productions Casting
Pierre Raymond Special Effects Supervisor
Ginette Robitaille Set Decoration/Design
Nadia Rona Casting
Elie Samaha Executive Producer
Wesley Snipes Executive Producer
Hans Peter Strobl Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Gariepy Strobl Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Williams Asst. Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was a great action movie!!

    Great action plus great actors equals great movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Mission: Impossible 3''

    Wesley Snipes stars in this ¿Mission: Impossible¿ carbon copy. The plot of the entire movie is based on the tired cliché of conspiracies being uncovered to reveal bigger conspiracies. It did not have any original writing in between to distinguish it from past, similar films. The story begins with Snipes in the middle of a covert mission, sporting high tech gadgetry, and, of course, at the scene¿s end, a high-flying action scene erupts. He performs a ¿Blade¿ style fighting sequence with great success, but consequently, delivers a similar monosyllabic dialogue that came with the territory. As the movie progresses, it becomes increasingly confusing. Too many contradictions and mistakes popped up. I¿ll give you a trivial example (to avoid giving away the movie, not like the repetitiveness of the story doesn¿t give itself away). When Snipes wanted a piece of paper translated, he held it up and said that it was in Vietnamese, even though it was written in plain and distinct Chinese characters (the Vietnamese use our alphabet!). At first, I thought that this was an acceptable mistake, but it was used over and over in the movie, and became a vital part of the story line! Although the movie trailers promised an action-packed story, most of the plot has Snipes exchanging boring dialogue with his leading lady, a UN translator (Mary Matiko). Matiko plays the usual female protagonist in a `90s film¿strong and independent outside, but weak and afraid inside, which just adds to the non-originality of the entire movie. The picture ends with Snipes facing off with his ex-partner-turned-bad-guy (Michael Biehn) who possesses the same fighting abilities as our hero. The action sequence begins with a Matrix-like shoot-out, with slow motion and visible bullet trails, compounded with acrobatic camera angles. When the bullets are out, the two start a dynamic martial arts fight scene, ending in Biehn¿s demise. More ¿knots¿ were untied afterwards, all of which were predictable. When the movie ended, I didn¿t get the mini-adrenaline rush that I usually get after watching a movie that this one advertised to be: a heart-pounding action movie, with a thick and interesting plot. In short, if you¿re one who likes movies with great action scenes but with a thin and trendy plot, then have I got the perfect film for you.

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