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War (2007)

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An FBI Agent seeks vengeance on a mysterious assassin known as "Rogue" who murdered his partner.

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Philip G. Atwell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Rogue
Jason Statham ... Crawford
John Lone ... Chang
Devon Aoki ... Kira
Luis Guzmán ... Benny (as Luis Guzman)
Saul Rubinek ... Dr. Sherman
Ryo Ishibashi ... Shiro
Sung Kang ... Goi
Mathew St. Patrick ... Wick
Nadine Velazquez ... Maria
Andrea Roth ... Jenny Crawford
Mark Cheng ... Wu Ti
Kane Kosugi ... Temple Garden Warrior
Kennedy Montano ... Ana (as Kennedy Lauren Montano)
Terry Chen ... Tom Lone
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Storyline

After his partner Tom Lone and family are killed apparently by the infamous and elusive assassin Rogue, FBI agent John Crawford becomes obsessed with revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal. Rogue eventually resurfaces to settle a score of his own, setting off a bloody crime war between Asian mob rivals Chang of the Triad's and Yakuza boss Shiro. When Jack and Rogue finally come face to face, the ultimate truth of their pasts will be revealed. Written by CartmanKun@aol.com

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Taglines:

Vengeance is the ultimate weapon. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rogue See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,820,089, 26 August 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,486,409, 4 October 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,686,409, 19 July 2009
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"War" is the second of five collaborations between actors Jet Li and Jason Statham. The first was The One (2002), the third, fourth and fifth being "The Expendables" films. See more »

Goofs

The shoulder patches of the San Francisco police officers are not that of the San Francisco Police Department. See more »

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Goi: My gun's bigger than yours.
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References Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) See more »

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Afterlife
Contains a sample of "Do You Ever" written by Gayle Moran
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Entertaining action movie despite a disappointing third act
24 August 2007 | by movieman430See all my reviews

War walks in the footsteps of movies like Kiss of the Dragon, and the Transporter series. It blends martial arts with stylized shoot 'em up action fairly well to create visually stunning action sequences. One of War's strong points, is that none of these action sequences feel too contrived or pointless; most of them advance the plot in some matter. War attempts to blend it's action with a surprisingly compelling story line, the film's build up unfortunately falls apart in it's lack luster third act.

Jason Statham plays Jack Crawford, a special ops agent in L.A. (we never truly know the unit he's a part of, but face it, it's not important). L.A. is seeing the beginning of a gang war between two Japanese gangs, the Changs and the Triads. As he investigates, it soon becomes apparent that an assassin by the name of Rogue (Jet Li) is involved, the same assassin that killed Statham's partner 3 years ago. This story line seems to be the weaker one of two that are explored in the movie. The more intriguing one involves Rogue who seems to be playing on both sides of the playing field. This moves the movie forward as his dark agenda is slowly revealed.

The movie lends itself to some interesting fight sequences, shoot outs and sword fights. There is a brief chase sequence between Statham and Li, but it feels like an afterthought. The action is spread out well over the 100 minute running time, there are no real slow spots and yet unlike many of Statham's earlier works (Crank) it does give you a chance to breathe. We're treated to one or two exciting twists that tie up a lot of the intrigue before the final act. This is where War begins to slip, it is a very successful action thriller for the first ninety minutes, it's the brief closing that doesn't satisfy.

The ending feels forced and leaves you unsatisfied. It's unnecessarily bleak and doesn't really fit with the rest of the movie. They should have cut the final ten minutes of the movie and replaced them with a tighter ending. But, even accounting for this, War still succeeds in being a solid action thriller. Perhaps if it does well we'll be treated to a sequel that will pick up the pieces of the disappointing ending.


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