An interesting film for the things it does right but, by the time the end credits rolled, I was unable to fight back a sense of frustration with its limitations.
It may rely on numerous common science fiction concepts but it blends them in a way that feels original, offering a satisfying ending that does not demand additional installments.
Although it does not qualify as a white-knuckle sort of movie, it exerts a magnetism that is difficult to turn away from.
U.S. Release Date: 2023-09-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Director: Scott Waugh
Cast: Jason Statham, Jacob Scipio, Randy Couture, Sylvester Stallone, Andy Garcia, Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa, Dolph Lundgren, Megan Fox, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, Levy Tran
Feels like a movie that never should have been made for a franchise that, having lain dormant for nine years, did not deserve a resurrection.
It is not a bad way to spend a couple of hours, keeping in mind that this fairy tale, like most, has only a tenuous link to reality.
The movie was the best concert film to date when it first came out, and nothing in the past forty years has toppled it from that position.
For those who enjoy their sleuthing on the big screen with impressively conceived set pieces, evocative performances, gothic twists and turns, and a drizzling of ghostly apparitions.
The characters are relatable, the humor generates laughter without becoming moronic, and the feel-good vibe is never far from the surface.
The messiest of the three movies and the most narratively fractured, but it should still satisfy those who consider themselves to be fans.
A classic rags-to-riches-to-rags story; a feel-good tale that transforms into a meditation on arrogance and neglect.