Hearing Donnie Yen call someone a "motherfucker" guaranteed this 5 stars.
This movie is far more about the journey to collect the Five Brothers than necessarily to see what happens when they all arrive, but dammit if this one isn't a spectacle along the way.
Pei Pei is a little underutilized here as the woman putting together the team to defeat the baddie. Still, strong performances from the five main actors (including Lo Lei with a whip) and some fantastic set pieces - including a badass opening sequence with an abusive carriage driver - make this one a low-key great addition to any Shaw Brothers collection.
The segment known as Amateur Night in the original V/H/S film was easily one of the highlights of film and when it was announced that it was being developed into a full film, I was all for it. Adding to that hype was getting Gregg Bishop to direct it, who was easily one of the names to watch after the hilariously fun Dance of the Dead back in 2008. The only thing that killed some of my excitement was that…
Fincher, you mad genius bastard! Only he could take a film like this and make into a riveting, roller coaster emotional thriller that has even the most intelligent of movie goer leaning whatever which way he wants them to go. It's intoxicating in its subtlety, brimming with impressive performances, and challenging in its delivery. Bravo, good sir.