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Wu Assassins: Fistful of Vengeance

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Graphic violence, language, clichés in martial arts movie.

Movie NR 2022 94 minutes
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Some violence! Good for young teens!

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In this movie, the viewer attends a 90-minute martial arts fight and a story almost breaks out. Wu Assassins: Fistful of Vengeance could've and should've spent more time on creating a more coherent story with original characters and a little less time on the fight choreography. What starts off as a simple revenge story quickly splinters into something about a mystical billionaire, organized crime, gangs, love interests, and the restoration of The Dao. While the movie can be enjoyed for the fight scenes, of which there are many, it certainly wouldn't hurt to watch the first season of the TV series Wu Assassins before watching this "stand-alone" sequel, assuming you care about story more than a dizzying array of fight scenes involving a plethora of weaponry besides punches and kicks.

The dialogue is almost hilariously bad and sets new lows in clichéd writing. These characters and the words they speak make The Fast and the Furious franchise look like nuanced and introspective characters from Ibsen plays by comparison. However, the fight scenes, separated from the flaws in what passes for the story, are quite good, and are likely to be enjoyable for those who just want to see some martial artists going to town. For everyone else, it's incredibly difficult to get past the constant reliance on clichés to get through the rough patches of scenes in which there isn't as much fighting. There's even a sex scene gratuitously thrown in during the lull in the action around the halfway point. It's a lazy and uninspired attempt at a story to fill the small gaps between the detailed, extensive, and graphic fight scenes.

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