February 17, 2009
Visually stunning - but weak in continuity. I'm not sure whether to blame it on the scriptwriting or the editing - but it feel like there are many large gaps where the story just skips and you wonder if you missed something somehow. That also results in poor character development - no momentum in building characters (or perhaps just too much editing). I didn't feel any chemistry between the 2
June 21, 2008
The two weaknesses of this film were Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who is a one-tune actor and is still apparently playing Henry the 8th...(seriously overacted many of the personal scenes)...and the cutting of the film, the Chinese-Australian-German team leaving us often with plot confusions. However, the action, the handling of the horrible destruction in Nanking, the Chinese countryside, the journey
loved the movie. loved the scenery acting and story. go see it.
A surprisingly delightful movie. Epic in proportion. Could have been the Chinese version of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt, except it was an Englishman leading a group of Chinese orphans.