Hero (2002)


Your Majesty, my task is completed now. My decision will cause the deaths of many and Your Majesty will live on. A dead man begs you to remember; a warrior’s ultimate act is to lay down his sword.

— Nameless

Nominated for an Academy Award in 2002 for Best Foreign Language Film. Hero took two full years to get to the States. This film came out on the heels of the massive success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  Being that this movie was Jet Li’s last epic action movie. We went out whimper, instead a roar. This movie was a real disappointment.

Dramatically recreating the history of China when a Nameless warrior (Jet Li) is summoned by the tyrannical King of Qin (Daoming Chen), who is trying to conquer the other six provinces. Being that he is targeted by the other provinces, he tries to keep himself from being assassinated.

Inching closer and closer to the King, Nameless recounts his trek from defeating three of the most ruthless assassins of all of the land;  Sky (Donnie Yen), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung) and Broken Sword (Tony Leung).

There is a plot twist that derailed the thrust of the story in my mind. It became a “howcatchhim”.

The visuals were fantastic. No question. The integration of elements were good, but sometimes overwhelmed the scene.

Rating: I don’t think that I could recommend this movie. It’s pretty to look at.

Rating: ***


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on May 23, 2009, in 2002, Academy Award Nominee, Action, Drama, Foreign Language and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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