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The Warrior Review


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Warriors come out and play in this story of war between China and Korea in 1375. A Korean envoy is sent to China to make peace, only to get waylaid and sent into exile. They encounter troops again and again, end up rescuing a Chinese princess (Ziyi Zhang), and try to get home. Rest assured you won't be able to follow any of this plot, as The Warrior plays out like one big roll in the dirt and one long wargame. Fans looking for that Crouching Tiger mystique won't find it here, but you will encounter dozens of guys impaled on swords and more than a few beheadings.

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Nowhere To Hide Review


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Altered States director Ken Russell once said that all films should be viewed in fast-forward. This vision of cinema comes to fruition in Myung-se Lee's ultra-stylized Nowhere to Hide, less a movie than a hyperactive video game come to life.

The opening scenes are a barrage of fight sequences strung together by flash cuts, snapshots, blurs, tilts, whirls, and colors that bleed into one another like paintings. And those first ten minutes are all you need to see (and, not surprisingly, were used extensively in the American trailer). Choreographed to a fast paced, melancholy rock ballad, an assassin slices some businessman up and escapes the police. Meanwhile, a rogue cop jumps on a table and starts opening fire randomly on a group of thugs. It makes absolutely no sense, but it hardly matters. No plot, no character development, just pure carnage in full throttle.

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