This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When this film finished I must admit that I was slightly underwhelmed and frustrated by the whole experience. It felt like I had watched two different movies in one, and I only liked the second one (in this case, the second half of the movie). This probably wasn't helped by watching the movie over two nights (having a 18 month old toddler means that it's kind of rare that we watch a movie all the way through in one sitting…
Rewatched on Blu-ray. The film definitely still packs a hell of a punch. Certain elements have dated, but overall it holds up even now. The special effects, which were state of the art at the time, are still impressive in their own way. Basically, this is one of the greatest action movies of all time and I'll always love it.
I hadn't seen this film since I first watched it in the cinema 15 years ago, so it was basically like a brand new film for me. Honestly, I really enjoyed it. Martin Campbell obviously made a conscious decision to go for a very classic, old-movie vibe when directing this and I think it pays off.
The sword fights are fantastic, and the stunt work in general is great. The chemistry between all of the actors is spot-on, too. The movie is a bit too long, but I was never bored during any of it.