Shaw is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation. When a shipping container full of dead ...
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A 25 year old female White House staffer, Carla Town, is murdered in the White House. D.C. homicide detective Regis is assigned to investigate, only to find evidence suppressed by the ... See full summary »
Dean Cage is a former CIA operative who suffers from extreme PTSD. While in a program to resolve the stress of the loss his future brother-in-law Scott, he plans to meet Scott's sister at a... See full summary »
Shaw is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation. When a shipping container full of dead Vietnamese refugees turns up on the docks and China's ambassador is gunned down at a dinner celebrating a new trade agreement with China and the US, Shaw is framed for the murder and must evade the FBI and Triad gangsters to find out what is really going on. Written by
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20th Century Fox was set to release the film theatrically in the U.S. before U.S. theatrical rights were passed on to Warner Bros., though Fox did retain some international rights to the film. See more »
Although the UN Charter does not allow it to operate a counter-terrorist organization, several scenes imply that the operation is a secret initiative undertaken exclusively by Eleanor Hooks. Hooks oversees her covert team by herself, keeping the UN Secretary General (Douglas Thomas) largely in the dark: Thomas doesn't know the members of her group nor the details of what they do. See more »
What is he waiting for?
[putting on headset]
What are you waiting for?
Novak, I'm experiencing the moment.
He's going to experience a Chinese labor camp in a moment if he doesn't stick to schedule.
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Disclaimer first: This is not Citizen Kane, obviously. But THE ART OF WAR is about as fun as an action movie can get.
Yes, Snipes is a runaway agent wrongly accused, we have seen this in US Marshals and Murder at 1600 (by the same Writer.). But this movie has two things that those movies lacked, STYLE and an enjoyable supporting cast. ART, with all its chase scenes and fight sequences (and there are a truck load), is beautifully shot.
The sets and camera work are great, and most importantly (partially because I live there) you buy that you are in NYC. Few signs of the Canadian stand in, Montreal. Everything is slick and well shot.
Behind Snipes are a great cast of action cronies, Maury Chaykin as Capella the FBI agent who doesn't know whether to arrest or help Snipes, Marie Matiko, Julia the VERY attractive hostage/eyecandy (Hollywood should learn from the TASTEFUL handling of her strip scene) and a bunch of good character actors who could be of course our villain(s).
Yes, ART OF WAR has too many twists, it tries hard, too hard at times. But it is better than the other action flops that have stopped trying all together.
Bottom line this is The Fugitive meets James Bond (with a little Jackie Chan). Its a fast paced, slick, action flick, that has half a brain in it. Snipes is awesome in it and should look to move forward from roles like this. Ignore the cynical critics who are obviously trying to suck the fun out of action movies and see it.
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