BY ROBERT HAMMERLE, special guest contributor to Hammervision
"The Warrior's Way" is slow, laborious and tedious beyond belief. To use a logical syllogism, it is to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000) what Sarah Palin is to rational thought. And that analogy risks the near impossible, namely insulting Ms. Palin's intellect.
This is one of those movies where you literally have seen everything in the previews. In those previews, numerous ninja like assassins materialize out of thin air, landing gracefully on the roofs of an old western town. Looking both artistic and foreboding, it suggests that this movie might follow in the legendary footsteps of both in "Hero" (2002) and the above referred to "Crouching Tiger."
Unfortunately, the opposite is true. The flimsy plot involves an undefined war going on in China between two clans dedicated to exterminating the other. When our hero, Yang (played by the South Korean super stud Dong-gun Jang), destroys all of his enemies but a small baby, he is forced to flee to the American West with the child to escape his friends who have now turned on him.
As bad as the lightweight storyline is, it is not helped by repetitive battle scenes that are little more than stop action camera tricks that grow old quite quickly. It seems that when these ninja assassins attack, they have the misfortune of pausing in thin air, thereby allowing our hero to readily dispatch them in an orgy of blood.
The only positive thing one can say about this disaster is the fact that the settings in the Old West are artistically shot against a background of rather gorgeously painted landscapes, mostly involving rich colors of the cosmos. However, this provides little satisfaction other than to temporarily dull the pain of watching this mess.