This film, which managed to bestir my interest just a bit because of the casting of Jet Li and Jason Statham side by side, predictably disappointed, but not in the way I expected. I anticipated a poorly written slapped together plot that would provide an excuse for cool action sequences. Instead, I got a cool premise ruined by truly awful directing choices. No, the script isn't Chinatown, but think Face Off or even Infernal Affairs, except clumsily written (or well written and later dismembered by director re-writes). Whatever happened, this didn't come off right. I lay the blame on director Philip Atwell, who needs to be away from feature film sets like pedophiles need to be away from your local Elementary. War is a music video that happens to have a storyline and real actors thrown in to it, but their performances and the sequence of events set forth in the script is subsumed beneath pointless stylism and soulless montages. It was amazing to watch the climactic scene of the film, which could have at least been dramatic if not brilliant if handled by a competent director. There's a highly emotional, high stakes moment between two characters but we couldn't care if we wanted to, because the editing and shot choice are incredibly awful. Atwell is clueless. You can't polish a turd script, but you can sure has hell throw a lot of shit on somebody's shine. Atwell needs to be windexed.
Did I mention the action sequences sucked, too?