The Art Of War

The Art Of War

Director: Christian Duguay Cast: Wesley Snipes, Anne Archer, Maury Chaykin
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The Art Of War 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great action plus great actors equals great movie!!