Parents' Guide to

Red Cliff

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Masterful Chinese battle epic is violent but fine for teens.

Movie R 2009 288 minutes
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i love it this was a great movie

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As a battle epic, RED CLIFF is as impressively mounted as Braveheart and Gladiator. But as directed by Hong Kong action master John Woo, it easily surpasses them in terms of style and grace, action and cinematography. (It's currently the all-time box office champion in China.) Woo is one of the few directors alive who understands the poetry of action and the beauty of movement, emphasizing these things with a welcome clarity, rather than the usual hand-held action jumble.

Likewise, Woo's focus is less on the war itself than on the friendship between two rivals who've teamed up against a greater evil. Together they use wisdom and cunning to battle the sheer military might of their opponent. The movie unfolds in separate sequences, each representing an individual battle or attack, and it flows impeccably, without letting the numerous characters and plotlines grow too complex. All in all, it may be one of the greatest battle epics ever made. (The uncut, 288-minute international version, which is now available on home video, is preferable to the 148-minute U.S. theatrical cut.)

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