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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Dragon Blade (2015)

On paper (or onscreen) the premise of DB is kind of interesting: in 48 BC a Roman leader marches his army into China in an attempt to conquer the Silk Road trade routes that connected the West to the East. The trade routes are historical fact, but seeing Roman centurions in China is something uncommon in film. Sadly, the result is another modern 'epic' bore-fest that excels in its beautiful costumes while failing at almost everything else.
Really, why must we have three-hundred people in a scene that realistically only needs a few? More does not equal better. I used to consider Chinese action cinema as some of the best in the world, but dross like this has none of the vibrancy and distinctiveness that once made Asian movies so special.

1½ homemade flags out of 5

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