The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
This weekend I treated my cousins to The Man with the Iron Fists, co-written, directed by, and co-starring RZA of Wu-Tang Clan fame.
My cousins and I laughed through the whole movie, and I mean that in a good way. It's obviously not meant to be taken seriously (especially not with how RZA maintains a single facial expression the whole time). It is what exactly it was meant to be: a funny action flick filled with cliches and homages to old school kung-fu films, and it even stars from actors from that era.
And the Tarantino influence is blindingly obvious.
I give this movie some props; it has a predominantly Asian American cast; the actors get to speak in their regular accents and just basically having a good time.
There are some boss chicks in this film; Lucy Liu and Jamie Chung are more than decent in their roles. I actually didn't recognize Jamie in this movie at first, most likely because I've gotten used to seeing her as the bad-ass, armor-clad Mulan on Once Upon a Time. Lucy Liu brings some O-ren Ishii-type flavor to the film, and the "Black Widow" scene at the brothel was highly entertaining.
Grace Huang as the female Gemini Killer was also awesome, and she definitely gets a shout-out from the bar. If you watched The Fifth Commandment and fell in love with the assassin couple Collateral Damage, you'll dig the Gemini Killers.
And speaking of The Fifth Commandment, there was so much eye candy in this film that I really didn't know what to do with myself. The jewel of the film, of course, is Rick Yune
While Alex Cross was unintentionally funny, this movie is not. Despite some obvious fail, I still highly recommend this film, because of its predominantly POC cast, its kick-ass soundtrack (as expected), and its unapologetic blood-fest. I actually intend to the buy this one when it comes out on DVD and have zero regrets spending cash to see it in theaters.
If you go to see it, just remember...do not take it seriously. Just accept it and enjoy it for what it is, not what you think it should be.