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The Pirates

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Epic martial-arts tale is entertaining but violent.

Movie NR 2014 130 minutes
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The Pirates has all the makings of a contemporary martial-arts classic. The epic story, mammoth battle scenes, and detailed martial-arts fights all are tempered with a silly slapstick humor, manifested in particular by the incompetent bandits who are in pursuit of a whale even though they have no idea of the size of a whale (to say nothing of knowing how to capture one) and don't even know how to sail a ship. The story can be a bit difficult to follow at times, especially for those who don't like English subtitles, but the central story and the reasons for all those battles is easy enough to comprehend.

These stylized action scenes are so bombastic (in a good way), it's hard not to be completely enthralled by the detail in the execution, especially for those who love martial-arts movies. It's a fun and engrossing epic -- with some hints of Pirates of the Caribbean -- that is two hours and 10 minutes but certainly doesn't feel that long.

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