|The Warrior's Way--Cowboys vs. Ninjas!|
Yan soon befriends the citizens in the town, including the hilarious 8-Ball (played by Tony Cox) and lovely and tragic knife-thrower Lynne (played by Kate Bosworth). However, Yan is further kept from peace by the interference of a certain rogue Colonel (played by Danny Huston), who leads raids against the town.
Jang's performance is somewhat humdrum, but it's not his acting ability that we came to see--it's the fight scenes. And, truly, The Warrior's Way doesn't disappoint. Eschewing most of the gore and such, cinematographer Woo-hyung Kim does a fantastic job of stylizing the violence, making the fight scenes visually appealling and fun to watch. Of particular note is the set design, as the Colonel's men enter the Lode carnival and scale a decrepit Ferris wheel in pursuit of Yan and the child.
I had really been looking forward to seeing Geoffery Rush (playing drunkard/outlaw Ron) ham up the screen, particularly after his hilarious performances in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but this was a bit of a disappointment. I really would have liked to see him cut loose and ham up the part, but this really wasn't the case. Rather, he ended up as more of a foil character for Yan, which didn't come across that well. Concurrently, I wasn't expecting much out of Kate Bosworth's Lynne, but her early performance was particularly pleasing, as she was mischevious and spritely. Ironically, it's only after the she's established as a romantic interest for Yan that I lost interest in her character.
|Kate Bosworth as Lynne, in The Warrior's Way|
Overall, I can't say I really recommend The Warrior's Way based on quality, but it's the sort of movie that you can just turn your brain off and enjoy. The plot holes are minimal, and the special effects and fight scenes are good enough to keep you wanting more. Catch a matinee if you get the chance, or rent it on DVD/BlueRay.