The Art of War

2000

Action / Adventure / Crime / Thriller

69
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 16%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 37%
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 26458

Synopsis


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Cast

Donald Sutherland as Douglas Thomas
Michael Biehn as Robert Bly
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as David Chan
Wesley Snipes as Neil Shaw
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866.42 MB
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23.976 fps
1hr 57 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 57 min
P/S 2 / 2

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gavin6942 5 / 10

Pretty Dumb

Shaw (Wesley Snipes) is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation.

Say what you will, but I think Wesley Snipes was (is?) a great action star. The Blade movies are obviously classic, and "Demolition Man" is incredible and entertaining. So any fault of this film cannot be put on Snipes.

And yet, it is rather boring. We get a few good martial arts mix-ups early on, but it seems to devolve into something bland, forgettable, convoluted. If you were watching movies in 2000 and you don't remember hearing of this one, I am not surprised.

Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 6 / 10

Solid Snipes fare

Everyone loves a Wesley Snipes flick. If it's decent, that is, and these days he's been churning out some sewer muck. Back in the day, however, he had some bangers, which includes The Art Of War. Wesley heads up an elite tactical team here, secretly employed by the United Nations, hired to do all kinds of cloak and dagger stuff, including securing trade deals, eliminating potential threats and maintaining cooperation from all sides. Run by a well spoken Donald Sutherland and Anne Archer, it's a low key 'fight fire with fire' situation, until it all goes tits up and Snipes is framed for the murder of some bigwig Chinese dirtbag. Forced to contend with Triads, government factions and his own former partner gone rogue (Michael Biehn steals every scene, as usual), it's a nice set up for a serviceable, above average action yarn. That Oriental influence always seems to make these thrillers seem cooler (ever seen Black Rain or Rising Sun?) which helps as well. Snipes and Biehn are livewires though and have a fantastic silenced pistol duel late in the third act, which is one slick showcase of a sequence. Not a whole lot to this one, but as an entertaining garden variety actioner, it holds up just fine.

Reviewed by A_Different_Drummer 8 / 10

ignore the film snobs

Irony.

This is one of those films which the film snobs beat up when it first appeared.

Years later, when it turns up on a streaming channel, viewers invariably ask, Hey, why don't they make em like that anymore? Answer: because of the aforesaid film snobs.

The plot is tight, as is the casting, the acting, the direction and the cinematography. Archer is great. Snipes is at his peak and it shows.

The film does exactly what it was supposed to do, then and now.

It engages, it entertains.

But for some people that is not enough.

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