Reviewed Apr 22, 2012
Adam Cook’s review:
I'm a great admirer of Donnie Yen, less as an actor but more as a choreographer and his immense ability as a martial artist, so I was looking forward to seeing this. Unfortunately I was left disappointed because so many elements were poorly handled. The acting ranges from passable to downright awful, the pacing is off, direction flat and I'm not convinced it ever struck the right tone. What inevitably saves it, as it so often does with these types of films, is the fight set pieces which are nicely shot and have a satisfying crunch to the blows. Whether these sequences save the film is debatable seeing as they are not all that frequent and when they do occur they feel shoe-horned in rather than integral to the story. I am still curious to see Ip Man 2 though as I think his time in Hong Kong could make for a more interesting and less uneven film.