The Man with the Iron Fists
When you see Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu on a poster in a martial arts movie “presented” by Quentin Tarantino and co-written by cult director and writer Eli Roth, then you expect things to really splash off the screen. And when it comes to martial arts that’s the case with The Man with the iron Fists. Unfortunately there’s 1 problem: rapper RZA (Wu Tang Clan) not only plays the lead, he also wrote the script and took the helm in directing. And it’s all too Obvious this is the man’s first step in this area.
The Man with the Iron Fists wants to give a modern spin to classic Chinese cinema that’s filled with martial arts movies, just like also Quentin Tarantino succesfully gave old genres his own modern twists. RZA, however, certainly is no new Tarantino and where this director succeeds to keep things in line, RZAs work has become a chaos in which it’s even hard to follow the pretty straightforward storyline.
The acting is mediocre, the scene cutting miserable, and the only thing that somewhat keeps The Man with the Iron Fists standing are the spectacular fight scenes. However, as those were also present in the many B-movies from the ’80s you can wonder what the added value of this one is. Except for the bigger budget that is.
Fans of the genre will probably have fun with the overload of bloodshed and the sometimes very spectacular kung fu fights, but the average viewer will rather irritate the hell out of themselves with the bad cutting, the unnecessary complicated storytelling, and the very mediocre acting of a cast of which we’re used to a lot better work.
“Still a 4/10 score than?” you wonder. Yes, as Universal does succeed in giving The Man with the Iron Fists a spectacular transfer that technically pays tribute to the movie in every way. The image is without a doubt near perfect and also the sound is superb. Qua extras the package then disappoints again with most of all a bunch of deleted scenes, and a couple of very short and promotional pieces that all in all are good for… nearly 10 minutes!